Mar 31, 2009

Dyckia burle-marxii

Dyckia Burle marxii
The name honors the great Brazilian landscaper, botanist, painter
Burle Marx.
The plant exists in his old refuge in Recreio dos Bandeirantes - Rio de Janeiro
The plant is said to be native to a huge granitic stone and the plant are
impossible to reach unless you are a skilled alpinist.
Some seed may fall and germinate amid the soy plantation and pasture right down the rock

Dyckia sp Renateae

This Northeastern Santa Catarina dweller is far from being small.
This is a big plant that produces formidable flowers, fruits and seeds for a Dyckia.
The rosette here can reach 80 cm in diameter.
The plant is very colorful, never red and never green.

Dyckia sp Northeastern Santa Catarina

Beauty may come in triplet,
but you must be lucky.
Lucky to be here.
Here where rainbows end.

Dyckia hybrid and.. what hybrid!

A spotted hybrid Dyckia
For sure a Dream one

Dyckia sp Southwest Bahia

Dyckia sp Southwest Bahia

Looks like a Dyckia hebdingii but it is not one of them.
You can note some remarkable differences between the two species.

Dyckia encholirioides var. multispina

Dyckia encholirioides
Var. multispina

Smaller and with more spines than the normal
typified kind

Dyckia beateae

Dyckia beateae

This Dyckia is impressive but needs plenty of sun exposing to
show all its beauty
It is one of the most colorful rocky dweller Dyckia.
Dyckias use their spines mainly to dissipate heat and to avoid nipping
and grazing animals.

Dyckia insignis

Dyckia insignis

This baby comes from Paraguay an its flowers are impressive.
They are huge old yellow flowers. The spike in which they are attached to is slender and short.
Produces just a very few flowers at a time.
The plant is hard to pup and keeps on dividing heads.

Colors? Colours! Substance! Joyfulness...

A hint of red? No, lots of it!
The red is not a Dyckia but a nice bigeneric hybrid.
This is a Neophytum,
a man made plant.
The silver are Dyckia marnier lapostollei and Dyckia fosteriana nivosa.

Silver and green
Dyckia fosteriana and Dyckia consimilis.
Photos here are huge. Click on them and details will reveal
many other cultural hints.

Dyckia fosteriana - Cambé

Dyckia fosteriana Cambé

This plant assumes this position to deal with the rain water and even dew water.
The water simply can not get clogged into the eye of the rosette. This would kill the plant.

Dycia fosteriana Sengés

Dyckia fosteriana Sengés
This variety may get hipper silvered all over. The silver scales drops down from the leaves easily with the heavy rain.

Dyckia fosteriana nivosa

Dyckia fosterian nivosa or Dyckia fosteriana var. Lapeana is
a small charming Dyckia, a dwarfed form of Dyckia fosteriana.
Rare and brand new.

Mar 30, 2009

Dyckia noelii

This magnificent, exuberant, spectacular and astonishing
Dyckia is not described yet.
Native to a very small and secluded rocky spot in
Northeastern Santa Catarina.

The contrast between the upper and the lower leaf sides are
something out from this world.

It seems the light comes from the plant.
There is a rarer green form.
Blooms in big orange flowers attached to a strong unbranched stalk.
Seeds are very big and abundant and germinates promptly.
Another weird characteristic aspect of this plant is its the sparse spination.
Click on the image to enlarge and see this.

Dyckia sp Três Passos - RS

This is another not described jewel.
It is small and crown shaped.
Certainly a striking plant.
Extremely similar to some forms of Dyckia fosteriana
but they live almost 1000 km apart from each other.
I made some very beautiful hybrids with this guy here.

The Dream Hybrid Dyckia sprouts

A true Dream Dyckia
Silver on red wine and bloody red spines.
It is very difficult to imagine something much better than this.
As an hybrid this plant almost certainly won´t breed true so
the only way to get copies is by cloning and
clones this baby knows how to do.

This side sprouts or pups are equal and clones from the mother plant.
They should not be planted immediately. They are going to stay this ways for some days and then they will be planted.
This plant came form Australia and reach me as a gift from friends in Innsbruck - Austria
It was a very expensive plant even for European patterns.
Out from this I do not know a thing about this plant: name, who made it and so on...

Dyckia sp Campo Tenente - Paraná

This new brand new one may be some Dyckia fosteriana affinis.
Thrives South from Dyckia fosteriana kingdom but close to the Dyckia fosteriana var. nivosa, a smaller and pretty Dyckia fosteriana variety.
Blooms during late winter in deep red/orange conspicuous flowers.
Here they are shown about blooming.

Click on these images, they are huge and you will see some more details.

Dyckia sp Northeastern Santa Catarina - Brazil

Here the green and red forms.
This plants produce some of the prettiest Dyckia flowers,
big and yellow flamed petals form big flowers attached to a firm and
60 to 80 cm tall spike.
This plants may produce cut flowers to the cut flower industry.
Click on the images . They are huge and may show you many unseen details.

Mar 29, 2009

Dyckia delicata

Dyckia delicata
This plant has succulent leaves, soft rubbery spines and
a spetacular look.

...and do not get fooled..the plant is not small and can reach
a respectable size of almost 80 cm wide rosette.
This is big!

Dyckia delicata red form

Dyckia delicata red form

Almost all Dyckias has a red form. Some presents a striking red form. Dyckia delicata red form is a sight to behold.

Dyckia reitzii

Dyckia Reitzii

This is not a small Dyckia. Got the name honoring The Catholic Father
and brilliant botanist Raulino Reitz.This is also a Santa Catarina native Dyckia.
Thrives on high rocky mountains.
This plant is known as the snow Dyckia ´cause it grows where snowing is possible.
This is quite weird for a Tropical country but Brazil has a cold Southern part and here the snow occurs on higher parts.
A red form may be found and totally silver Dyckia reitzii is reported to exist, also a oddly striped variation thrives on a very secluded place.

Dyckia lindelvaldeae

Dyckia lindelvaldeae

This is one of the finest representatives of the Brazilian
bromeliad rocky ground flora.

For sure a Dream Dyckia. A DD!!!
The flower stalk here is no thicker than a match and the flowers are deceptive, seeds go on this way too, they are tiny.
The plant looks compensate this all.
Here in Santa Catarina 900 km South from its habitat, the plant
begins its flower spike now in the beginning of Southern autumn.
Joinville can be as cold as -3 degrees centigrade and just for some few hours
always during dawning.
In spite of living way North from here
the plant in nature takes some freezing temperatures.
The plant lives high on the mountain.

Mar 28, 2009

Dyckia delicata silver form

Dyckia delicata
Silver form

Certainly one of the most magnificent Dyckias of all.
It is not a small plant and can reach up to 70 cm diameter rosette.
Spines are soft rubbery.
There are two other wild forms, the red one and the normal silver yellowish one.
All forms are authentic nature masterpieces.

Dyckia choristaminea

Dyckia choristaminea

This beautiful lady of the South rocks has a wide wild range
and so some forms are seen.
The described form comes from Porto Alegre, a huge town in fact the biggest one of The entire Brazilian South Region.
this one you see here comes from the northeastern part of its range and it is characterized by its small size and deep silver and red color.
In my opinion the most charming of all.
The one we see abroad is the one the came from downtown Porto Alegre and was vanished from the top of the hill when a state Company installed communication antens.

Dyckia racemosa

Dyckia racemosa
Comes from Mato Grosso and there is another form of it.
This form is green and silver striped.

Dyckia sp from Northeastern Santa Catarina

This species has many small and bloody red spines.
Makes very beautiful rosettes.
The underside of the leaves are heavy silvery scaled.
The plant lift up the leaves to face the scorching sun and
protect the growing center.

Dyckia Perau da Cabrita by night

This beauty produces uncountable tiny yellow flowers and very small seed.
The seed are in such a profusion one flower stalk may hold enough seeds to populate the Milky Way and some more.
September is the occasion. November the seeds will be ready and by plenty.
Hope to have the silver strain and the green one them.

A new baby beauty from Northeastern Santa Catarina

Here it is getting into its red phase.
The plant is a drab chestnut colored but in certain conditions
it gets deep red.
This is not a red form.