The gardens at Hotel Bougainvillea make this one of the most beautiful places to stay and visit in all of Costa Rica.
Over 50 species of bromeliads highlight the diversity of Costa Rica and create a unique environment for bromeliads to grow in abundance. One of the most stunning plants of this family is the Imperial Bromeliad. (Vriesea imperialis)
Bromeliads are native of the tropical and subtropical areas of the Americas. Most of them grow as air plants on the trunks and branches of trees or in porous rocks. Some of them, such as the pineapple, are terrestrial.
The most interesting fact about some bromeliads is that their colored leaves appear to be flowers.
There are three ecologies of these plants:
• Terrestrial bromeliads, with a well-developed root system designed to absorb water and nutrients.
• Tank bromeliads, which are the most common, have a funnel in the center of a rosette of leaves in order to collect rain water.
• Air bromeliads (tillandsioideae) have wire-like roots which attach themselves for support to trees, other plants or wood.