From Plant Press, Vol. 17, No. 3, July 2014.
By L.J. Dorr
Puya raimondii Harms (Bromeliaceae) is now in flower in the University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley. This is only the third flowering event for this species in cultivation—all three events occurring in California. It flowered before in Berkeley in 1986 and there was a “smaller” flowering event at the San Francisco Botanical Garden inside Golden Gate Park in 2006. What connects the current flowering event to our department is the fact that I was one of the collectors of the seed that produced the plant that is now in flower. The collection was made almost a quarter of a century ago near Comanche, 80 km southwest of La Paz, Bolivia.
Continue reading about the "Queen of the Andes" and watch a video from the University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley below the fold...