March 27th – Climbed the flowering puya chilnesis in the Great Glasshouse at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. Took me a few hours to battle with the razor sharp leaves at ground level then even longer to climb up to the flowers in order to get a good view, but I finally made it and got documentary evidence!

puya chilensis

Did you know that this plant is often called ‘the sheep eater’ as its razor sharp leaves ensnare sheep which then starve to death and then rot down in order to provide the plant with nutrients? It’s not a very pleasant story, but it’s definitely interesting! I’m glad I managed to escape the leaves otherwise the plant would have to be dubbed ‘the LEGO eater’ instead!




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