The mealy wild pine (Catopsis berteroniana) belongs to Bromeliacea (the Pine apple family). It is an evergreen herb that is native from southern Florida in the United States to southern Brazil. This herb grows on the unshaded twigs of trees, and it can reach up to 50 cm in height. It is an epiphytic bromeliad thought to be a possible carnivorous plant. The leaves are lanceolate and covered with a chalky powder. The flowers are small, greenish white, each with bract, and arraged in a bipinnate-spike.