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When the tour boat landed on the Gramvousa island people were divided. Some went to the top of the hill to enjoy the view from ruins of an ancient fortress, while the rest went straight to the stunning beach. Few went for a walk to a wrecked ship further along the beach. I was mostly excited about the agaves (in this photo) growing just at the back of the beach.

I found some interesting facts about agave:
At uncultivated land on Crete you often see the agave, which in Greek also goes by the name 'athanatos' (immortal). The plant is not quite immortal, because after flowering the whole plant dies. On the other hand it flowers only after approximately 80 years. The agave, which you can see in Crete, is the Agave americana, which in American also goes by the name 'century plant', which of course refers to the plant's longevity. The agave grows in subtropical and dry regions. Its huge leaves are high in fibers in order to prevent them from collapsing. At the end of its life the agave sends in a short time a long and thick flower stem 5-10 meters in the air. As the unfolding of the flowers goes on, it almost look like a Christmas tree with several small branches. In the branches flowers develop as small copies of the plant and are provided with a spike at the bottom so that they can consolidate into the soil when falling from the parent plant. This is the reason why you often see agaves growing in groups. The agave also multiplies by suckers. One of the largest plantations of agaves can be found on the island of Imeri Gramvousa.

If you managed to read it all, please check again my previous photo from this spot, showing the flower of agave:

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