aiming to contribute to the better understanding of the wild harvesting participation in the context of the bromeliads trade, the results from a study focused on: a) identifying and to characterizing the bromeliads wild harvesters (formally and not formally registered) in the state of the paraná; b) identifying and characterizing the harvesting methodologies, preparation and trade routes, and c) surveying the harvesters opinion on the facilities and difficulties of bromeliads wild harvesting are presented. the bromeliads wild harvesting was detected in 12 municipalities at parana state, involving 31 harvester families, most of them concentrated at the coastal zone (n=10) and ortigueira mun. (7). two basic harvester types were identified: resident and opportunist with outstanding differences between them especially related to volume and forms of extraction. a total of 21 bromeliads species were identified as submitted to wild harvesting, being the more frequently collected: vriesea incurvata gaudich. (cited by 90% of the interviewed harvesters), nidularium innocentii lem. (77%), vriesea platynema gaudich. (67%), tillandsia stricta sol. ex ker gawl. (55%) and vriesea carinata wawra (55%).