Once in a lifetime

"Horticulturally speaking, it's a once-in-a-lifetime event." That's the way the blooming of the rare Puya raimondi was described by a botanist at the University of California's Botanical Gardens. The Boston Globe, September 14, 1986, p. 110 .

Three decades ago, a seed of this rare Bolivian plant was brought to the Botanical Gardens. The plant is a real "late bloomer," and wasn't expected to flower for more than a century. But last year, to the delight of its keepers, the center flower stalk started to shoot up and grew nearly two stories high some seventy-five years ahead of schedule!

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