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  Silver Star

 

Thailand

Silver Star is the common name for a small epiphyte in the family Bromeliaceae, with the botanical designation Tillandsia stricta. It absorbs nutrients through its leaves, and hence grows without soil, instead attaching itself to other plants.

 

Yet, it is not parasitic, but uses its roots as anchors and depending on the host only for support. When used as an ornamental plant, it is usually mounted on logs or bark of dead trees, or on dried pong pong seeds (fig.).

 

  Silver Star