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Puya berteroniana #4 | by J.G. in S.F.
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Puya berteroniana #4

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Bromeliaceae - Endemic to Chile; Nuble Province, Chile provenance of plant above

Puya, Chagual

Shown: Upper half of 2 m tall inflorescence

 

"Puya is a genus of the botanical family Bromeliaceae, subfamily Pitcairnioideae. These terrestrial plants are native to the Andes Mountains of South America and southern Central America. Many of the species are monocarpic, with the parent plant dying after one flower and seed production event.

 

"The species Puya raimondii is notable as the largest species of bromeliad known, reaching 3 m tall in vegetative growth with a flower spike 9-10 m tall. The other species are also large, with the flower spikes mostly reaching 1-4 m tall.

 

"The name 'Puya' was derived from the Mapuche Indian word meaning "point"." (Wikipedia)

 

Natural distribution, images and cultural information:

www.chileflora.com/Florachilena/FloraEnglish/HighResPages...

 

My complete set of images of P. berteroniana:

www.flickr.com/photos/jim-sf/sets/72157626934454609/

 

Photographed in U.C. Botanical Garden at Berkeley - Berkeley, California

 

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Taken on June 2, 2011