The Puya Raimondii of Bolivia is the Largest Flower on Earth

by Edmundo Hassenteufel
(Coalinga, CA, USA)

It blooms only once every 100 years!

It blooms only once every 100 years!

It blooms only once every 100 years!



The Puya raimondii, also known as the "Queen of the Andes", is the largest flower in the world. It blooms only once every 100 years! It looks like an upside-down palm tree, but it's actually a flower. It grown at very high altitudes on the Bolivian "Altiplano" (high plateau) and in some places of neighboring Peru. In Bolivia, you can find it in Comanche, more than 12,000 feet 3.640 meters above sea level. The Puya raimondii can grow to be up to 30 feet 10 meters tall, and each individual plant can have up to 3000 flowers and 6 million seeds!


Image sources:

"Puya raimondii 4" by Stan Shebs. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

"Chukiqayara, Vacas 05" by Wilmer - Own work. Licensed under GFDL via Wikimedia Commons.

"Puya raimondii 5" by Original uploader was Berkbotanist at en.wikipedia - Transferred from en.wikipedia; transferred to Commons by User:Quadell using CommonsHelper.. Licensed under CC BY 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons.

"Puya raimondii hábito" by Pepe Roque - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

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