/bil berr"jee euh, -jeuh/, n.
any bromeliad of the tropical American genus Billbergia, having stiff leaves and flowers with showy, variously colored bracts.
[1821; < NL, named after Gustaf Johan Billberg (1772-1844), Swedish botanist; see -IA]

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      any member of a genus (Billbergia) of evergreen epiphytes of the pineapple family (Bromeliaceae), containing more than 50 South American species. Several species are grown indoors as decorative plants for their colourful foliage, flowers, or bracts (leaflike clusters beneath the flowers). The stiff, spiny, often strap-shaped leaves grow in a rosette, sometimes up to 90 cm (35 inches) in diameter, directly from the root. The flowers are on a spike or panicle (loose cluster) growing from the centre of the rosette.

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  • Billbergĭa — (B. Thunb.). Pflanzengattung aus der Familie. der Bromel iaceen, 1. Ordn. 6. Kl. L., nach dem schwedischen Botaniker. z. G. Billberg benannt. Arten in SAmerika: B. amoena. Lindl., in SAulerika; B. clavata Lindl., von Trinidad; B. purpureo rosca,… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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  • Billbergia — Billbergia, s. Bromeliaceae …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • Billbergia — Bromelioideae Billbergia macrocalyx, Blütenstand mit roten Hochblättern und hellblauen Kronblättern, die sich beim Welken einrollen. Systematik …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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  • Billbergia — ID 10368 Symbol Key BILLB Common Name billbergia Family Bromeliaceae Category Monocot Division Magnoliophyta US Nativity N/A US/NA Plant Yes State Distribution FL, PR Growth Habit N/A …   USDA Plant Characteristics

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