A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Century Plant

 This is the century plant, Agave americana. Here standing some 15' high.

Although it is called the century plant, it typically lives only 10 to 30 years. It has a spread of about 4 ft (1.2 m) with gray-green leaves up to 2 ft (0.6 m) long, each with a prickly margin and a heavy spike at the tip that can pierce to the bone. Near the end of its life, the plant sends up a tall, branched stalk, laden with yellow blossoms, that may reach a total height of up to 25–30 ft (8–9 m) tall.

These are growing up at Ksisos and I guess they are at the end of their life. Hopefully they will sow seeds for another generation.


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