21 SPECIES WHICH ONE IS CONSIDERED AS PROTOCARNIVOROUS
This "daughter of the air" have the appearance of Tillandsia and grow hanging in the branches of other plants. This appearance hides a taste for carnivority
Originally named Tillandsia berteroniana by JH Schultes in 1830, it was renamed in 1864 Catopsis berteroniana. Research undertaken since 1976 on its carnivorous function continued until 1986. The name comes from the Greek kata which means "below" and Opsis "appearance" plant "view from below".
Its area extends from southern U.S. to northern Colombia and in the Caribbean region. It is also found in Venezuela and in the north of Brazil.
Catopsis grows in a humid tropical climate, from the level of the sea to the mountains (over 3000 m). Epiphyte, it grows in bright locations along with other Bromeliads.
Perennial, epiphytic plant, 30 cm to over 70 cm high.