Bromeliaceae has recently emerged as a major source of home, greenhouse and garden material. Chief among the aesthetic qualities responsible for this surge of horticultural popularity ~e the unusual growth habits and attractive patterns of leaf coloration charaCteristic of so many ofits species. Most highly valued are taxa whose compa~t determinate shoots color up to bright hues ofviolet to red around the tim~ of anthesis. Other widely cultivated populations exhibit variously cyanic leaves while in vegetative and reproductive phases. Yellow markings are presqnt less frequently. These displays are usually heightened by exposure to intense sunlight.
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