02/02/2021 (Tue) 23:26:16
mmmmm, since I have South America on the brain.
I'll tell you a cool story. About 180 million years ago, South America split from Africa. One on the results was an interesting geological location in Guyana, Suriname, Brazil, various other places in the Bolivar region. Any who, this geologic formation is called Tepui. What's interesting about these Tepui is that a number of species descended from the mountain and conquered North America.
The most basal species of the bromeliad appeared ~100 million years ago. When South America merged with North America. Not only did it big Phorusrhacos to North America, but it also brought bromeliads here as well. But, you might be saying "But Fox, I haven't seen a bromeliad in the wild before!" Well, my friend, you gotta go a little more south to Virginia where there is a native species of bromeliad everywhere! It's name? Tillansia Recurvata! It's actually one of the most prolific bromeliads there is. It can survive cold weather in Virginia and it can survive in the blazing heat of Arizona! It's quite remarkable despite it's appearance!