Puya raimondii

Milton Córdova Neyra

Puya raimondii, popularly known as puya titanca, is a species of endemic Bromeliad from the High Andean zone of Bolivia and Perú, where it raises at  3200-4800 m over sea level. It is the biggest Puya’s gender especies; it can be 3-4 m long in vegetative growth, and up to 12 m height taking into account its inflorescence. It produces clusters containing up to 8000 flowers and 6 million seed per plant. It can live more than 100 years. It is a species  which dies when flourishing (Monocarpic) and the seeds are its only spreading way. Its flourishing period is due to be from october to december and it is considered a species in risk.

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