National Geographic : 1950 Oct
SNational Geographic Society 469 i\ou(aenriIle v y nllol 1n. ,.S Indian Jack Climbs the Puya Beanstalk. It Blooms Only Once in 150 Years, Then Dies A year earlier this plant looked like a 10-foot edition of the pineapple, its kinsman. Then on maturity a pillar of blossoms shot up 20 feet above its leafy base. With a borrowed fire-department ladder, these men gather flower specimens from a solitary Puya raimondii in the Bolivian Andes.