Century Plant in Big Bend N. P.


This is a typical scene in the Chisos Mountain Basin in Big Bend National Park . The century plant is one of the signature types of flora for the area. I don't really know why they are named century plants, but I'm guessing it has something to do with the tall stalk that shoots out of the base. I seems unlikely that this occurs only once per century, but who knows? I personally like this picture because it captures the century plant dominating in the foreground with the rugged Chisos Mountains in the background.

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Last modified: 16 October 1996, Karp@virginia.edu