From Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants
Template:Italic title Template:Taxobox Ananas bracteatus (common name, red pineapple) is a species of the pineapple. It is native to South America (Brazil, Bolivia, Argentina, Paraguay, Ecuador).<ref name=s>Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families</ref><ref>da Costa, A.F. & Wendt, T. (2007). Bromeliaceae na região de Macaé de Cima, Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. Rodriguésia; Revista do Instituto de Biologia Vegetal, Jardim Botânico e Estaçao Biologica do Itatiaya 58: 905-939.</ref><ref>Versieux, L.M., Wendt, T., Batista Louzada, R. & das Graças Lapa Wanderley, M. (2008 publ. 2009). Bromeliaceae da Cadeia do Espinhaço. Megadiversidade 4: 98-110.</ref>
Ananas bracteatus is grown as an ornamental plants for its decorative red fruit. The leaves are long with sharp spines, so it can be used as a protective hedge for home security. In colder places they can be grown indoors as a houseplant. It grows throughout Brazil at elevations of Template:Convert.
Ananas bracteatus is a large terrestrial species of bromeliad that grows Template:Convert dark green leaves that fade red to pink when exposed to sunlight.<ref>Template:Cite book</ref> The long spiny leaves are characterized by "broad, cream and green, longitudinal stripes that are suffused with pink when grown in good light."<ref>Template:Cite book</ref> When it flowers it blossoms typical pineapple fruit; it is similar to Ananas comosus but far more prolific.
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