Please raise your hand if you are one of those (like me) who always thought pineapple fruits hung from a plant upside down. For a long time I had this vision of a pineapple tree with many pineapples hanging downwards from branches (like that in an apple tree). The first time I saw a pineapple on the plant many years ago, it was, needless to say, a moment for pause and surprise.


Pineapples belong to the Bromeliad family, and like other bromeliads, are low growing plants with tough waxy leaves. This particular specimen was seen at the New York Botanical Gardens and photographed with an iPhone 4s.