Guzmania plants are perennial plants in the bromeliad family. These tropical beauties are known as epiphytic plants and attach to trees with roots that never reach the soil. Striking bracts grow from the centre of the plant and can be red, yellow, orange, or deep purple. Leaves are thin and dark green. They cause no injury to their host plant, but instead just use them for support. The leaves collect rainwater and the plant receives nourishment in its natural environment from decomposing leaves and droppings from monkeys and birds. The guzmania plant can also be grown in a container and is known as a prized houseplant in areas outside of its native region.