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For over one hundred years the Botanical Garden of Rio de Janeiro holds a collection of bromeliads among plants in their collections.

In 1975, Dr. Reitz Raulino , renowned expert on Bromeliaceae and then director of the Botanical Garden inaugurated the Ecological Bromeliad of Rio de Janeiro's Botanical Garden. At the same event, was founded the Brazilian Society of Bromeliads with Dr.Reitz elected president and Dr. Lyman Smith (Smithsonian Institution - USA) Honorary President.

In 1976, the files recorded the presence of 148 species in the collection. More recently, the collection was enhanced by several scientific expeditions, among which the Dimitre Sucre and Gustavo Martinelli Expedition conducted through Project Bromeliad.

Currently, the bromeliad comprises about 10,000 species, distributed in two large greenhouses and flower beds. The Roberto Burle-Marx Greenhouse (photo) is open to visitation and contains specimens from the collections of the Botanical Garden and Roberto Burle-Marx House Garden. This greenhouse have diverse species originating from the Amazon, Atlantic Rain Forest, the sandbanks and scrublands as well as species of South and Central America. The Dimitri Sucre Greenhouse is the second one and houses a collection intended for scientific research and conservation.

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