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This is a picture of the Puya Raimondii, that can be found in the peruvian Andes.

Puya Raimondi (Puya raimondii) is an endemic species of the altoandina zone of Peru and Bolivia, found at an altitude of 3200 - 4800 m. It was discovered at an altitude of 12,992 ft in Bolivia in 1870. The flower emerges after about 80-150, However, one planted near sea level at the University of California's Botanical Garden, Berkeley, USA, in 1958 grew to 24 ft 11 in and bloomed as early as August 1986 after only 28 years. It is not only the largest of the Puya species, but also the largest Bromeliad. It can reach 3 m tall in vegetative growth, with a flower spike 9-10 m tall. Like most Bromeliads, it dies soon after flowering. It is considered to be an endangered species. Seeds were collected of P. raimondii in 1999 and 2000 of the rodales of Huashta Cruz (district Free People, Ancash region, Peru).
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