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The [[Battle of Lepanto]] is one of the turning points in [[Europe]]an history, when the navy of the [[Ottoman Empire]], which had dominated the [[Mediterranean Sea]] for decades, was finally defeated.
''[[Aechmea Bromeliifolia]]'' is a bromeliad native to southern Mexico, Central America, Trinidad, and South America as far south as northern Argentina.
[[File:Aechmea bromeliifolia.jpg|thumb|right|Aechmea bromeliifolia]]


[[File:Naval Battle of Lepanto.jpg|thumb|right|Battle of Lepanto, 1571]]
''Aechmea bromeliifolia'' can be found growing on the ground or as an epiphyte both in hot jungles and in arid regions at an altitude of up to 2,500 feet. It grows bright green leaves that have prominent spines and a bottle-shaped rosette. The branched inflorescence bears red bracts with greenish-yellow petals; the flowers are followed by black berries that are considered edible. The red form of this plant is sometimes sold as ''Aechmea Schiedeana''.
 
Pope [[Pius V]] called for a Christian navy to repel the Ottomans, who were threatening large parts of Europe. He, together with the governments of [[Spain]], [[Venice]] and various parts of [[Italy]], assembled 208 warships uner the command of Admiral Don [[John of Austria]]. The Ottomans had 230 ships.
 
The battle took place on 7 October 1571 and was a massive victory for the Christians. They lost ten ships and about 8,000 men, but the Ottoman admiral, Ali Pasha, was killed, and all but 30 of their ships were destroyed or captured. While the Ottomans were able to launch a new fleet in 1572, they were greatly weakened as a naval power.


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Aechmea Bromeliifolia is a bromeliad native to southern Mexico, Central America, Trinidad, and South America as far south as northern Argentina.

Aechmea bromeliifolia

Aechmea bromeliifolia can be found growing on the ground or as an epiphyte both in hot jungles and in arid regions at an altitude of up to 2,500 feet. It grows bright green leaves that have prominent spines and a bottle-shaped rosette. The branched inflorescence bears red bracts with greenish-yellow petals; the flowers are followed by black berries that are considered edible. The red form of this plant is sometimes sold as Aechmea Schiedeana.

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