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Brocchinia are a genus of bromeliads (relatives of the pineapple and those beautiful plants you find so often in the garden section of stores) native to what is known as the Guyana Shield, a massive uplift of land in northern South America that includes swaths of rainforest and the tabletop mountains known as tepuis. A few species also range into neighboring regions of Brazil and Colombia. This is a rather unique genus among bromeliads (aside from genetically being a sister group to all other bromeliads) in that many species have made adaptations for living in very nutrient-poor sandy soils, including becoming ant houses and bacterial homes for nitrogen-fixing species. In the case of at least two however, evidence has been found for true carnivory.

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