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Here we will list the correct pronunciations of the most commonly grown bromeliads in each genus.

References: Johnson’s Garden Dictionary by C. H. Wright F.R.M.S. and D. Dewar, Covent Gardens London, first print 1894.

Also Victoria Padilla, Los Angeles, California USA. 1966.

The genus BROMELIA, as well as the total family BROMELIACEAE, was named in honour of Olaf Bromel, the Swedish botanist (1639-1705).

Name Pronounciation Notes
strobilacea ( stro-bil-a-see-a)
angustifolia (an-gus’ti-fol’ee-a)
aquilega (a-kwil-ee’ga)
Bromeliaceae (bro-meel-ee-a-cee'e)
Bromelioideae (bro-meel-ee-oy-dee-ee)
blanchetiana (blan-chet'ee-a'na)
blumenavii (bloomen-ah'vee-eye)
bracteata (brack-tee-a'ta)
brevicollis (brev-i-col'lis)
bromeliifolia (bro-meel-ee-ah-fo'li-a)
chlorophylla (kloro-fill’a)
coelestis (see-less’tiss)
cylindrata (sill-in-dra’ta)
ANANAS (AN-AY’NAS) From nanas the local name for pineapple
bracteatus (brack-tee-a’tus) in South America,
comosus (koh-moh’sus) Sub-Family - Bromelioideae
nanus (nay’nus) (Dwarf)
BILLBERGIA (BILL-BER’JEE’A) The Genus Billbergia was named in honour
amoena (a-mee’na) (a-mee’na) of Gustave Johannes Billberg a Swedish Botanist, (1772-1844)
brasiliensis (brazil-ee-en’sis) Sub-Family - Bromelioideae
chlorosticta (klor-o-stick’ta)
decora (de-kor’a)
distachia (dis-tack’ee-a)
elegans (el’e-ganz)
euphemiae (ew-feem’ee-ee)
fosteriana (fos-ter-ee-a’na)
horrida (hor’id-a)
iridifolia (eye-rid-i-fo’li-a)
lietzei (leetz’ee-eye)
leptopoda (lep-top’o-da)
nutans (new’tanz)
porteana (por-tee-a’na)
pyramidalis (per-am-I-day’lis)
sanderiana (san-der-ee-a’na)
seidelii (sigh-del’ee-eye) (sigh-del’ee-eye)
venezuelana (ven-e-zwel-a’na)
viridiflora (viri-di-flo’ra)
vittata (vit-ta’ta)
zebrina (zee-bry’na)
BROMELIA (BROM-EEL-E’A) Named in honour of Olaf Bromel,
Balansae (bal-an-see) the Swedish Botanist (1639-1705
Humilis (hu-mil-is) Sub-Family, Bromelioideae
Pinguin (pin-gu’in)
CANISTRUM (CAN-IS’TRUM) From the Greek wordkanos meaning a basket;
fosterianum (fos-ter-eea’num) in an allusion to the resemblance of the
triangulare (tri-ang-u-lar’e) inflorescence to a basket of flowers
seidelianum (see-del-e-a’num) Sub Family, Bromelioideae


CRYPTANTHUS (CRIPTANTH’US) From the Greek word kryptos, to
hide,and anthos, a flower. The
flowers are nearly buried among the
bracts, Sub-Family,Bromelioideae
DYCKIA (DY'CKIA) ( DI-KEY'A) The Genus Dyckia was named in
brevifolia (brev-if-ole'a) honour of the German patron of Botany,
fosteriana (foster-ee-a'na) Prince Slam-Reifferscheid-Dyck, (1773-
rariflora (rar-a-flor'a) 1861), The author of a splendid work
on Succulents
Dyckia belong to the
sub-Family, Pitcairnioideae, and are
generally found in the Americas from
Mexico, Buenos Aires,Paraguay, and
FASCICULARIA (FAS-SICK-ULAR-E'A) Sub-Family, Bromelioideae
Pitcairniifolia (pit-cair'ni-fo'lia)
bicolor (bi-colour)
FOSTERELLA (FOSTER-ELL'A) This genus was originally known as
penduliflora (pen-dew-li-flora) LINDMANIA, but was re-named
villosula (vil-lo-sul'a) Fosterella in honour of Mulford B
Foster of Orlando, Florida, whose
Contribution to the Bromeliaceae are
Well known all over the world, Sub-
Family, Pitcairnioideae
GUZMANIA (GUZ-MAN-NEE'A) Named after the spanish pharmacist A.
berteroniana (ber-ter-oni-an'a) Guzman, who was alo a naturalist. Sub-
lingulata (ling-u-lat'a) Family, Tillanndsioideae.
monostachia (mono-stash-e'a)  
sanguinea (san-guin-e'a)  
squarossa (squar-ros'a)  
wittmackii (witt-mack-e'i)  
zahnii (zane-e'i)  
HECHTIA (HECK-TEE'A) This Genus was named in honour of
argentea (ar-gen-tee'a) Regierungsrat (Councilor) Julius H. Hecht of
glomerata (zane-e'i) Potsdam, Germany. Sub-Family, Pitcairnioidae.
HOHENBERGIA (HOE-EN-BER’GEE’A) Named after M. Hohenberg, a German botanist
correia-araujoi ( corry’a-arou’jee ) Sub-Family, Bromelioideae
stellata ( stell-ata )
ampullacea ( am-pul-lay’see-a )
carcharodon ( kar-kar’o-don )
carolinae (kar’o-lin-eye) (European)
chlorosticta (kloro-stick’ta)
compacta (com-pac’ta)
concentrica (kon-sent’ricka)
cruenta (krew-ent’a)
farinosa (far-in-o’sa)
fosteriana (fos-ter-ee-a’na)
johannis (jo-hannis)(USA) (yo-hannis)(European)
marmorata (mar-mor-a’ta)
mooreana (mor-ee-a’na)
olens (oh’lenz)
pineliana (pi-nell’ee-a’na)
princeps (prin’seps)
sarmentosa (sar-men-to’sa)
spectabilis (spec-tab’i-liss)
tigrina (tie-green’a)
tristis (tri’s-tiss)
zonata (zoh-na’ta)
NIDULARIUM (NID-U-LAR-E’UM) From the Greek word (Nidulus or Nidus)
billbergioides (bil-ber-jee-oy’deez)(Now Canistropsis) meaning small nest; refering to the nest
burchellii (bir-chell’ee-eye)(Now Canistropsis) form in which the flowers are arranged
amazonicum (am-a-zon-e’cum) within the floral bracts
antoineanum (an-twar-nee-a’num) Sub-Family: Bromelioideae
fulgens (ful’jenz)
innocentii (in-o-sent’ee-eye)
Leprosa (le-pro’sa
purpureum (pur-pur-ee’um)
procerum (pro-see-rum)
regelioides (re’gel-i-oy’deez)
rutilans (ru-till-an’s)
seidelii (sigh-del’ee-eye)
OCHAGAVIA (OCH-A-GAR-VE’A) This genus was named in honour of
carnea (car-nee’a) Sylvestris Ochagavia, minister of
education in Chile (1853-1854)
Sub-Family: Bromelioiseae
PITCAIRNIA (PIT-CAIR’NEA) Named in honour of Dr William Pitcairn,
flammea (flam’mea) a London physician of the first half of the
heterophylla (het-er-o-fill’a) eighteenth century.
maidifolia (maid-if-ole’a) Sub-Family: Pitcairnioideae
PORTEA (POR’-TE-A) Named in honour of the discoverer
petropolitana (pet-ro-pol-e-ta’na) Marius Porte the naturalist
Sub-Family: Bromelioideae
PUYA (POO’YA) A native name
alpestris (al-pes’tris) Sub-Family: Pitcairnioideae
grafii (graf-ei)
mirabilis (mir-a-bil’is)
venusta (ven-oos’ta)
QUESNELlA (QUIZ-NELL-EE’A) Named in honour of the French botanist S. Quesnel
arvensis (ar-ven-sis) A very beautiful Brazilian
humilis (hue-mill’is) bromeliad with very stiff, and beautiful
liboniana (lee-bone-ee-an’a) symmetrical leaf-rosettes
marmorata (mar-mor-a’ta) Sub-Family: Bromelioideae
quesneliana (quiz-nell-ee-ana)
testudo (tes-tu’dough)
lateralis (lat-er-a’lis)
TILLANDSIA (TILL-ANDS-E’A) Named after E. Tillands, a physician at
bulbosa (bul-bo-s’a) Abo in Finland….. Sub-Family,
bergeri (ber-jer-eye) Tillandsioideae.
capitata (cap-it-tat’a)
cyanea (cy-an-ee’a)
deppeana (dep-pe-a-n’a)
fasciculata (fas-sick-u-lart’a)
flabellata. (flab-el-lart’a)
guatemalensis (guat-em-mal-en-si’s)
imperialis (im-pee-ree-al-is)
ionantha (ion-an-th’a)
lindenii (lin-den-ee’i)
magnusiana (mag-nus-ee-an’a)
multicaulis (mul-tee-caul’is)
paucifolia (paw-cif-ol-ee’a)
punctulata (punk-tu-lat’a)
secunda (see-kun-d’a)
usneoides (use-n-oy-dee’s) (known as “Spanish Moss”)
yunckeri (yunk-er’i)


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