Above the Andes Mountains, there is one type of flower plant that towers. This plant is known as the queen of the Andes. Let’s find out facts about this unique plant!
- The queen of the Andes (Puya raimondii) is the largest plant of the Bromeliaceae family. The sister plant of the queen of the Andes with pineapple.
- The queen of the Andes is only found in the Andes Mountains, especially those that enter the territory of Bolivia and Peru, South America. This plant only exists at an altitude of 3000-4800 meters above sea level.
- Usually, the queen of the Andes lives on rocky slopes full of shrubs with a warm climate. Because this plant is very sensitive to the location of the plant, the distribution of the queen of the Andes is also uneven.
- Often the queen of the Andes is found living on other plants. The queen of the Andes will also get food from other plant remains trapped in the roots of the Queen of the Andes.
- The leaves of the queen of the Andes grow in a stacked upward position. There are about 200 leaves with a width of 8 cm which are piled up to a height of more than 1 meter.
- The height of the queen of the Andes can reach 4-8 meters. If added to the other parts, the total height of the queen of the Andes can reach 15 meters.
- In the wild, the queen of the Andes will only flower after reaching the age of 80 years.
- The queen of the Andes is small in size, but the number reaches 8000 – 20.000 in one flowering season.
- The queen of the Andes can bloom for several years. However, after wilting, the entire plant will also die. This plant is indeed a monocarpic plant, which only produces flowers and seeds once in its life.