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All agaves belong to the "bloom and die" family but only the agave attenuata blooms unbranched.
17 December- One of them has already a line of yellow fuzzy flowers open awaiting pollination It is about to fully bloom and has grown beyond the length it reaches in its native Mexico habitat, as it is the case for many other plants that were introduced in the Azores.

It takes an agave attenuata only six weeks to put up a huge stalk like this, and this is the first record in the world of living creatures.
It is five times as long as the rest of the plant, and this is the second biology world record for a plant this size or larger.

Agaves store energy their entire life in their root systems and in their stalk for this heroic act of six weeks, the result of a lifetime of work, one plant alone putting out millions of seeds.

From this perspective its arch builds the border between monstera deliciosa and taro (yams) plants. Above the arch we see blooming aloes behind more agaves.
The Loquat Tree to the right is also beginning to bloom at the same time as the agave.

We are at 100 meters above sea level, at the 14th consecutive day with maximum temperature above 18 C and minimum temperature above 14 C.
See airport data, same elevation, 1 km to the east, for the last 15 days or any other period you select.

1 km to the south, directly at sea level, it is the 14 th consecutive day with maximum temperature above 20 C and minimum temperature above 15 C.

Explanation of temperature change with elevation at these islands

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