Author: Jan Scholten
Use: decoration, room plants; fruits.
Botany: 57 genera; 3170 species; tropical Americas, cloud forests; septal nectaries; leaves in basal rosette, most widely patterned and coloured; inferior ovaries; inflorescence diverse, from 2 mm to 10 meters tall; some epiphytes, lithophytes, terrestrial; store water in their tightly-overlapping leaf bases.
In the Apg3 classification Bromeliaceae is a member of Poales.
In the Plant theory Poales is split into 3 groups: Cyperaceae, Poaceae and Bromeliaceae. Bromeliaceae is placed in Subphase 7.