This folks is something I've never seen before. It is a ball of blooming Tillandsias. Tillandsias are commonly referred to as "Air Plants". The plants do have roots, however the roots are for the purpose of anchoring the plant, not really feeding it. They receive nourishment from the moisture in the air!
As a family, we have had Tallandsias before, but we have had minimal success with getting them to flower.
No cropping or adjustment was done on this photo, only the border and title were added, and I did re-size it.