This unique flower reminds me of the very first flower post I did on this blog, which ended up being quite popular and fueled all the numerous flower posts I’ve done since that time. Here it is: Florida foliage: The strange bottlebrush flower.
As it turns out there’s good reason for the connection as both of these flowers are from the same family of bromeliads. The binomial name of this relative is billbergia pyramidalis, also known as the foolproof plant. It’s native to South America and the Caribbean and thus it didn’t have far to travel to get to Florida.
Then, when I stopped to think about it, I realized I had another post about yet another bromeliad relative: Florida foliage: Bromeliads, peculiar and kinda freaky. I guess I’m piling them up now… and it all started from that first silly post! Wowie. That intial post on the bottlebrush flower was the result of a mere curiosity when I spotted a strange looking plant of some sort in my landlady’s yard. Thereafter I did some research to find out what it was. That’s how stuff gets started sometimes… little wonderful things like that.
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