Puya Raimondi, Manallasaq

21 Sep 2004


The Puya Raimondi are a mid-blowing odd plant. "Discovered" by an Italian of the same name, you can find groves of them throughout the highlands in Peru.

This one is in Manallasaq and we were lucky enough to be here in the flowering season (August/September/October).

It grows to a height of 12-meters and only flowers once in its lifetime. When the puya raimondi is 100-years old, it produces 15,000-20,000 flowers that bloom on 400-500 conical spikes. The plant will flower for 2-3 months and produce as many as 10 million seeds during that time.


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If the person in the photo is equidistant from the camera with the Puya, you may have photographed a record size specimen. It certainly LOOKS enormous.
Michael Shields Long Beach, California
If the person in the photo is equidistant from the camera with the Puya, you may have photographed a record size specimen. It certainly LOOKS enormous.
Michael Shields Long Beach, California
Sorry for that accidental duplication on my initial comment. The Puya Raimondii to me appears to be about fortythree feet tall (assuming person is five feet tall) and four feet in diameter. The inflorescence (technically a spicate panicle) appears to be twenty feet plus a five foot peduncle, and about five feet wide at the widest point. All of these are records for the species, if, in fact, the individual in the photo is parallel with the Puya relative to the camera, which to my eye appears to be the case. Do you remember the exact location of the person and their actual height?
Michael Shields Long Beach, California
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