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Native plant, a pineapple cousin, draws moisture out of atmosphere

The Department of Environment is featuring a native plant that’s cousin to the pineapple, this in the DOE’s latest edition of its terrestrial publication: Flicker.

Its scientific name is Tillandsia utriculata but it’s better known by its common name, the giant air plant.

Though it grows on the branches and trunks of trees, it’s not parasitic. These plants just use the host tree for support. Its thin, but numerous aerial roots hang down to pull moisture and nutrients out of the atmosphere, hence the name air plant.

In Cayman it’s found on dry forest trees in close proximity to a body of water.

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Joe Avary

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Joe Avary has been with Cayman 27 since 2014. He brings 20 years in television experience to the job, working hard every day to bring the people of Cayman stories that inform the public and make a difference in the community. Joe hopes his love for the Cayman Islands shines through in his informative and entertaining weather reports. If you have a story idea for Joe or just want to say hello, call him at 324-2141 or send an email to

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