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A genus of epiphytic plants of the family Bromeliaceae, having rosettes of rigid, spiny leaves (often variegated or brightly coloured) surrounding a central cluster of flowers, which are native to tropical South America but cultivated elsewhere for ornament; (also neoregelia) a plant of this genus.
1930s. From scientific Latin Neoregelia, genus name from neo- + Regelia, the name of a genus of plants of the family Bromeliaceae from the name of Eduard Albert von Regel, German-born Russian botanist and director of the St Petersburg Botanic Garden + -ia.
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