Wittrockia

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Wittrockia
Wittrockia cv Leopardinum BotGardBln07122011B.JPG
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Bromeliaceae
Subfamily: Bromelioideae
Genus: Wittrockia
Species

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Wittrockia is a genus of the botanical family Bromeliaceae, subfamily Bromelioideae.

The genus name is for Veit Bracher Wittrock, a Swedish botanist (1839-1914).[1]

These plants are native to Central America and South America. Many species are endemic to the Atlantic Forest biome (Mata Atlantica Brasileira), located in southeastern Brazil. [2]

Description[edit]

Wittrockia is large among bromeliad genera, producing long, glossy leaves armed with sharp spines. Forming rosettes over 1 meter in diameter, the foliage may contain various colors of spots and banding, depending on species.

Their inflorescence blooms deep in the vase where the plant catches water.

Species[edit]

Cultivation[edit]

Wittrockia species are adaptable to varying climates and light exposure. Their attractive foliage has made them popular in cultivation as an ornamental plant.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.bsi.org/brom_info/genera.html
  2. ^ DPI.inpe.br: "BROMELIACEAE da MATA ATLÂNTICA BRASILEIRA: Lista de ESPÉCIES, DISTRIBUIÇÃO e CONSERVAÇÃO"; Rodriguésia 59, February 2008; ppg 209−258; article−(Portuguese), abstract−(English) species lists−(Latin). accessed 30 May 2016.

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