Common name for a small epiphyte
in the family Bromeliaceae,
with the botanical designation
stricta, and in Thai referred to by its generic
sih (สับปะรดสี), i.e.
The common English name derives from both its shape and the
natural film of
i.e. the fine, silvery powder-like
substance that covers the surface of
its leaves and which in Thai is called
yet in the Silver Star it actually consists of
microscopically small umbrella-shaped hairs, that are used to collect water and nutrients from the air, and give it the silvery colour.
This thick-leafed evergreen originates from the subtropical and tropical regions
of the Americas, yet is widely found in Southeast Asia as an ornamental plant.
As it absorbs water and nutrients through its leaves, which it collects from the air, it grows without soil
while attached to other plants. Yet, it is not parasitic, using its roots as anchors and depending on the host only for support. Hence it
could also survive on rocks or rock cliffs. As an ornamental plant, it is usually mounted on logs
or bark of dead trees, or on
pong pong seeds.
As a perennial flowering plant, it will
bloom from March to May, producing small tubular, dark violet to purplish
flowers, that grow from lilac
bracts. The Silver Star is related to
an angiosperm with the botanical name