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« on: April 26, 2011, 03:03:40 »

At the local botanical garden there are a couple of clumps of Puya alpestris blooming.  The fragrance doesn't seem as strong thing time, but I tasted the nectar this time...its pretty good (although not as sweet as I expected).  Looks like it will be blooming for a long while.  Notice how shiny the petals are...you can see the reflection of the orange pollen!

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« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2011, 08:02:54 »

Hi Andy,

Great photography, you've managed to capture every detail except perhaps a humming bird or an insect doing the actual pollinating.

Fantastic stuff! Thanks for sharing.

All the best, Nev.
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« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2011, 10:06:36 »

Really an amazing flower.  That color is so rare in nature! 
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« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2011, 17:54:07 »

Well Nev, the only thing I caught pollinating it was me.  After all, if I was going to take some of the nectar I had better try to pollinate the flowers!  The gardener I was working with said that they didn't set seed last time, but I don't know whether or not that was just because no one tried or if they are not self-fertile.  So I'm going to try the two clumps and hopefully they aren't the same clone and maybe even some other pollen mixed in on other flowers.  They last bloomed 3 years ago from my memory, so I don't want to have to wait for another opportunity to set seed.
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« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2011, 03:46:03 »

I have Puya berteroniana growing from seed. I think it's pretty similar looking. I can't wait.

I'm thinking you should have seeds in 4-5 months.
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