If access and utility alone dictated scientific interest, much less would be known about Bromeliaceae today. Fully one half of all its species grow in trees, many in remote rain forests. Another sizable group of terrestrials similarly discourages study by occurring in roadless, bleak, upper montane habitats (e.g., Navia, Puya, many Tillandsia spp.) especially in South America. Commercial promise has not provided much encouragement for researchers either.
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