Queen of the Andes

The UC Botanical Garden is host to a rare South American Bromeliad that is currently flowering. Planted from seed in 1990 the giant plant started sprouting in May and now has grown a 20 foot tall flower. As luck would have it, the UC Bot Garden is located just up the hill from the lab so we decided to walk up the hill and have a look. The bloom is probably a once in a lifetime event since this species can take up to 100 years to flower and reproduce.

bot_1030Giant Flower with Golden Gate Bridge photogenically located in the background




bot_1058Giant flowering Puya raimonii with Lilah, a normal sized Homo sapiens for scale.

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