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Benzing, D. H., & Bermudes, D. (1991). EPIPHYTIC BROMELIADS AS AIR QUALITY MONITORS IN SOUTH FLORIDA. Selbyana, 12(1-4), 46–53. Retrieved from https://ojs.test.flvc.org/selbyana/article/view/120949


Three species of Tillandsia (Bromeliaceae) were surveyed at nine sites in south Florida to determine possible effects ofair pollution. All three populations were healthy and reproductive. Most of the chemical elements examined in sampled foliage occurred at concentrations similar to those previously reported for the genus. However, one notable geographic trend was revealed: concentrations ofS tended to be highest in mainland plants closest to the urbanized east coast. Continued use ofthese bromeliads and other Florida vascular epiphytes for air quality surveillance is recommended.


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