National Geographic : 1950 Oct
Natial Gcora hicE it'oty - Guzmziania cryptantha Hides Flowers in the Crypts of Its Bracts This strange cousin of the puyas lives on rocks, trees, or ground. Though it grows a root for main taining posture, the plant takes nourishment from the air, not from the soil. Only one bromeliad, Africa's lone species of Pitcairnia,is native to the Old World. Kiodachromes byl Mulford B. Foster ' Bromelia balansae, Armed with Daggers, Outbarbs a Barbed-wire Fence Certain bromeliads arm themselves so formidably that they are frequently mistaken for cacti. Just as Mexicans use the organ cactus as a living fence, South Americans employ B. balansae as a property-line marker. A tasty beverage is made from its fruit.