Jane McGary janemcgary@earthlink.net
Sat, 12 Feb 2011 12:01:28 PST
OK, just to help out somebody that might be trying to search for it 
and run into all the variant spellings that have appeared in this 
discussion, the species being much discussed is:

Puya berteroniana Mez

It's not too surprising that it would grow in Hawaii, given very good 
drainage in volcanic soils. Although the rainfall is not high in 
central Chile where it's native, it experiences frequent fog in the 
Coast Range, where P. chilensis also can be seen. I have an 
atmospheric, but not very informative, photo of it in flower almost 
shrouded in mist. This doesn't mean, however, that it would 
appreciate humidity combined with heat.

Jane McGary
Portland, Oregon, USA

At 11:19 PM 2/11/2011, you wrote:
>I have found a number of Puya species surprisingly tolerant of high humidity
>and high rainfall.  I grew Puya alpestris, Puya beretoana (beretoniana) and
>Puya mirabilis from seed in Honolulu.  They grew equally well in the arid
>lowlands and the high rainfall upper valleys.  P. mirabilis will bloom in 2
>years from seed at sea level in Hawai'i. Pictures:
>Jacob Knecht
>On 5 February 2011 18:24, ardiebaer <ardiebaer@comcast.net> wrote:
> > hey seem to tolerate our humid summers and mild winters well.
> > Ardie Baer
> >
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