|Object Name:||Bromeliad plants at Chalcatzingo|
|Image source:||© Dr. Manuel Aguilar|
|Common name for some members of the family Bromeliaceae, chiefly herbs and small shrubs native to the American tropics and subtropics. A typical bromeliad has strap-shaped leaves clustered in a rosette around a central cup; the flowers are found in the central cup which retains water, enabling tropical bromeliads to survive dry spells, so the natives could use it to drink when water was scarce. Other members of the family include Spanish moss and the pineapple. |
It is incredible to see that the plants depicted in Monument 1 "El Rey" are precisely bromeliads, like those that still grow in the place.