Rare Chilean plant flowering in the glasshouses

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Puya alpestris is a species of bromeliad native to the Chilean Andes. Unfortunately when it has finished flowering the plant will die. This is known as monocarpic, but don’t worry as there are plenty of other offsets to take over. This amazing plant can be seen in the Cacti and Succulent house in the main range of glasshouses at the Botanic Gardens. Another famous plant that can be seen flowering in the Cacti and Succulent house is Aloe vera, I am sure you have all used this plant at some point!

 

Puya alpestris

Puya alpestris

Aloe vera

Aloe vera