Oct 7, 2015

Dyckia noelii, a worderful Campo Alegre form

I am fond of the beautiful and her is a promissing one

A very promissig  Dyckia hybrid seedling,
and it gets prettier and nicer every passing day.
Let us wait and see what it is going to be.
Dyckias, the older the better.

Dyckia nana

Oct 5, 2015

Dyckia sp Apiúna-SC.New, first photoghraphed today.

I never, never found a so hard to reach Dyckia .
Vilson Müeller and me we deiced  it was today or never so we made the 150km trip from Joinville to Apiúna, today.
These two pictures shows populations of this brand new found Dyckia sp.
the rock wall is mostly 90 degrees, vertical.
i am 61yo and I can´t not climb vertical rock wall. Wilson helped and he was brave enough to get some plants.
I barely could hold myself amid the forest, feet and arms were all too occupied in hold me on. the camera could not be operated.
We must get back there and better equipped.

 Look, the new beauty. It cam assume  several forms as it grows in open area and also in the forest and those are much bigger and greener due to the forest condition. The environment is very similar to that of the Dyckia delicata some 600 km South from here.

The plant is extremely ornamental.
Some individuals are totally solid Yellow and we must find out how to get to them. 
Decidedly not a task I can take.

Notice the yellow big thorns here.

Oct 4, 2015

Sep 29, 2015

Dyckia discoides a jewel from Santa Catarina rocks

One of the rarest and least seen Dyckias.
Notice the strong thorns go up to the tip of the leaves.
A truely impressive look.

Sep 27, 2015

Sep 24, 2015

Dyckia noelii

Yes, it was found in nature!!!!

 Dyckia noelii. Yes, species and must be described.
It was found by Noeli Ramos and me. It also remember Noel and a Christmas ornament

Sep 21, 2015

Dyckia unguiformis and a bit of its history

A spectacular plant, native to Bahia in Brazil and found by Herr  Karl Heinz Tank, a German friend of mine.
He found the plants when they were enduring a severe dry season and were in deep suffering.
These two first pictures shows the plant in Germany.
The first one is a plant now under  cultivation and initiating its  "crown opening"
Karls send me four plants to allow me observation and further description for we need flowers.
Karl choose the name unguiformis meaning clawn like or with the shape of a folded bird clawn.

This picture here below shows the very same plant  above  when it just  got in  Karl´s home in Germany, in the German  district of Brandenburg.

Bellow  plants under  cultivation here in Santa Catarina Brazil.
This plant, possibly a Dyckia secunda related, shows a very very interesting behavior .
When this plant came to me  it was a very suffered one. I had endured a long period without any water in nature and it was folded and did looked as a closed bird clawn hence its proposed scientific name: Dyckia unguiformis.

Now guess what? It was a white plant!!!
Now it is a plant that present many many narrow white lines and it is unfolded for it has regained its  happy looks. This is a very weird and clever behavior. When the plant shrinks due to dehydration the white lines get together and the plant assumes the white appearance which is even whiter on the under surface of its leaves. After getting regular shares of water the crown unfolds and the leaves beguin to fill up with water and separating its many white lines... it turns  green and well lined.

Why this plant acts this way?
This is the way it found to protect itself from  heat and extreme Sun exposition during a period when it is  weak due to dehydration.
Clever, isn´t it?
Dyckias, the do not cease to amaze me.
The more I come to know the more I realize I need to know....

As we can clear see here the plant wants to bloom.
Let us see it.
Here I must state and say to Karls: DANKE
Danke, dass du mein guter Freund Karl. Sie mehr allein und selbst gemacht, als viele zusammen und ich schulde Ihnen meinen Dank und mein Respekt. 
Thank you my good friend Karl. You made  more alone and by yourself than many together and I owe you my gratitude and all my respect.

Dyckia unguiformis


Dyckiahb Brittle Star fungus attacked

Fungus attack the growing tissues and alters the spination and the scales. 
This is a Dyckia BS head just separated from the its twin plant.
Fungi are opportunistic and they  use to infect fragile plants.
Now this plant is treated and the fungus is dead.


Sep 20, 2015

A young hybrid Dyckia