Queen of the Andes

2024 CEAndes Mountains

"Puya raimondii is the world’s largest bromeliad and a prime example of a “charismatic megaflora”. Indeed, its grand stature and remarkable once-in-a-lifetime flowering event have earned it the name “Queen of the Andes”. Like many Puya species, it is one of the only large-statured plants in high Andean puna ecosystems and an important structural and ecological component throughout its native range, providing food and shelter to a variety of animals. However, its future is threatened by anthropogenic stressors such as climate change and land use."

Riley P. Fortier, "Queen of the Andes: the ecology and conservation of Puya raimondii," edited by Brenda Molano-Flores, Frontiers in Conservation Science 5, January 29, 2024.

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