Aechmea nudicaulis - Laura Montserrat
The Illustration depicts Aechmea nudicaulis, a species belonging to the Bromeliaceae family. Bromeliads are terrestrial and epiphytic plants occurring almost exclusively in the neotropics. Aechmea nudicaulis is native to Brazil and other regions of South and Central America. It occurs mainly in the biome of the Atlantic rain forest and can grow to a high of 70cm. Aechmea nudicaulis is associated to a high diversity of animal visitors. The most efficient pollinators are usually hummingbirds foraging for floral nectar, but the bromeliad is also visited by bees, ants, butterflies and beetles. Due to the species' colorful and impressive inflorescence and it being easy to grow, it is often used as an ornamental plant and it contains a number of different recognized varieties.