Bromélia

Bromelias are the Bromeliads from the family of monocot flowering plants with around 2,400 species native mainly to the tropical Americas, with a few species found in the American subtropics and one in tropical west Africa. The family includes the pineapple (Ananas comosus). Many bromeliads are able to store water in a “tank” formed by their tightly-overlapping leaf bases. Almost all Bromelias have exceptional ability to store water. Nature has built long and recurved leaves, perfect sealed channels, which permit the draining of water on its surface, always inclined toward the center. The leaves are also arranged in circular layers, in order to capture rain water in all directions.The bottom layer collects the drops that may escape from the leaves above. Moreover, the leaves protect themselves from the sun to water storage in the center of bromeliad, and to minimize evaporation. The result is a water tank with natural ability to cross the dry season, ensuring the water essential to life of many animals.

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