How high do Century Plants (maguey) get?!?
david90 at milton.u.washington.edu
Thu Nov 5 20:16:49 EST 1992
In article <dz_qvxh at lynx.unm.edu> rsquires at cyclops.eece.unm.edu (Roger Squires) writes:
> ...they rode through strange forests of maguey -- the aloe
> or century plant -- with immense flowering stalks that
> rose forty feet into the desert air.
>I've seen a few of these plants when erect :) and they were no
>higher than 15 feet or so. I think McCarthy is exaggerating and
>would like a top figure from those in the know. Thanks bunches!
McCarthy may be right if you consider the flowering stage of the
maguey. Flowers as tall as 10 m can be found in some semiarid
regions. I must say that I've seen huge plants (4-5 m) but didn't see the
flowers. The stalks are used for roofs of adobe houses.
>rsquires at cyclops.eece.unm.edu
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