A giant “tequila plant” is set to flower for the first – and only – time after more than half a century.
The flower spike appeared a month ago at Cambridge University Botanic Garden and is now three metres (10ft) tall.
According to BBC News, staff have been tending the agave, part of a family of plants from which tequila is made, since 1962 but cannot confirm its species until it flowers.
They will soon have to remove the roof of the glasshouse as it continues to grow, but once it flowers, it will die.
Experts at the garden were delighted when the plant’s spike began to grow, indicating it will finally bloom. – BBC News