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Early view of the inflorescence365 views
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A closer view of the forming flower spike164 views
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Nascent bud clusters emerge from the central stalk163 viewsA green anole can be seen basking on one of the leaves in the background.
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Bud clusters begin to spread138 views
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The inflorescence is well over two meters tall286 views
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One resident of the giant plant191 viewsThis brown anole is but one of many species of fauna that call the big bromeliad home. According to a Scientific American article I read, the plant can hold up to 30 liters of water and it can be host to up to 900 different species of critters.
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The bud clusters grow outward on stalks240 views
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The top appears like a crown159 views
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A blue damsel fly likes the perch at the very top146 views
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Close up of a bud, about two days before blooming123 views
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One day before blooming, a bud elongates and becomes yellowish130 views
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First flower247 viewsFrom the bud shown in the previous photo, this delicate, white flower emerged. Hundreds more will follow. The flowers last only a day or two before wilting, but when they droop, they form a tinsel-like effect. The plant blooms from the bottommost bud clusters, outward and upward.
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