Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Benevolence of the Bromeliad in Two Faces


Dr Abe V Rotor
 
 Miniature pond in the heart of the bromeliad is nursery 
and home of many organisms, including frogs and fish.
It is Nature's pond in the sky where bromeliads live as 
epiphytes. It constitutes a complete ecosystem.  
A seedling of a fig grows from the dead heart of a bromeliad 
and develops into a monstrous tree monster - the strangler's fig 
or balete, which will eventually colonize and kill the host tree 
and all its symbionts.

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