National Geographic : 1950 Oct
478 Multnf r.Foster Mount Comanche's Granite Wastes Reduce Most Plants to Pygmy Size. Raimondii's Once-in-a-lifetime Bloom Soars 35Feet The climate, as dismal as the landscape, suits Indians, llamas, and bromeliads. Here the author found 400 Puya raimondii specimens growing inoneoftheworld's three known surviving colonies. His Bolivian helpers gather living puyas for their capital's botanical garden. All previous transplantations failed (page 468).