Sep 30, 2009

Dyckia goehringii, when beautiful is much more than gorgeous

If there existed just one Dyckia to to get my eyes wide opened I would think of this.
I cultivate this baby under the heavy rain here in the South of Brazil.
It is happily enjoying the cares.
As you can see it bloomed, its flowers are a nothing comparing to the plant itself.
...and the baby sprouts!

It has sprouted two more times and I removed the pups.
This was one and two years ago and guess what? They are exactly as the day they were separated from the mother plant. They seem to think: Shall I live or shall I die?
Twelve of them sing this in chorus. But maybe now, this Spring..
Hormones? Yes all of them I tried with no success.
Now these babies will get together attached to their mother.
Let them clump!
Here in Joinville Dyckias are all a challenge. We have a climate suit for Anthurium and Phylodendrum here in Joinville, Northeastern Santa Catarina.
Yes, We have native Dyckia but this one up here is a baby from our Cerrado in Central Brazil. Climate is quite another in there.

Dyckia encholirioides bloom

Dyckia encholirioides

Native to Praia do Erwino in Santa Catarina.
The most amazing and spectacular Dyckia blooms are found
among Santa Catarina Dyckias native to.

Sep 29, 2009

New found one: Dyckia spissa (proposed name)

New and unamed Dyckia from Paraná East mountains.
Lives also facing the Atlantic Ocean but way up the mountain.
This plant was found in one single spot. In nature it doesn´t look this way.
In wilderness they are smaller and densely crowded up to the point of forming a dense
carpet on the stone and repeating the rock form.
One single plant produced this many sprouts in less than a year.
Flowers are said to be yellow and conspicuous in numerous flowers stems.
It must be a very nice scene the thick carpet covering the large rock and at full bloom.
There was so isolated clump nor any single plant to be seen.
There may exist some more populations but I saw just one.
This is worth while to comeback in order to take pictures with the carpet of plants in full bloom.
The proposed name here is Dyckia spissa (crowded).

Unnamed Dyckia species from Santa Catarina

This new found Dyckia species bears one of the most strinking Dyckia flowers.
They are golden light orange, big and open wide.

Dyckia delicata

Up to three years ago there was just an only small and old picture of this in the Net.
Science shared the idea of hiding. The more it hides the more it is preserved.
What the use for hidding?
The more we know the more we may respect.
The unknown we fear and fearing is not respecting!
Who is gonna preserve the unknown?
What is Science if not Light and knoledge?
Enjoy it!

Dyckia delicata may come in red, grey, chestnut color and deep silver.
All beautifully alluring and outstanding plants.

I luv it!

Dyckia argentea?

One of the most amzing things happened evolving this plant native to
Serra do Lenheiro in Minas Gerais Brazil.
The taxonomist in fact described Hecthia, a plant from North America,
instead of a Dyckia plant from South America.
Thi si all Human and make us know Taxonomy is not a religion nor taxonomists
semi gods .
So, all in all and in fact and for real Dyckia argentea does not exist.

...But something odd really exists. This plant you see comes from Serra do Lenheiro in Minas
the same area from where that unexisting Dyckia argentea came according to the descriptions.
This contributes greatly for what I say: Dyckias are far superior plants i n many ways.
When they bloom you may relax and enjoy it, the plant won´t rot.
After blooming all the work lies on cutting off the flower stem instead of dumping a roting corpse sometimes heavier than yourself.
In fact Dyckias only get better bloom after bloom.
Like Dorian Grey time just adds perfection to Dyckias...

Dyckia Belissima

"That´s the way, the way I like it!"
Kc & The sunshine Band

Dyckia grandidentata

Dyckia grandidentata as well as others Dyckias native to Central Brazil
gets faded during our wintertime here down South Brazil. They get more colorful as the longer brighter warmer days of Summer gets closer.
Observe how numerous its side prole is.

Dyckia Tootsy Aka "Wolfgang"

Dyckia Tootsy Aka "Wolfgang"

It just got from The Land of Honey and Milk, California,
and already feels at easy here. I hardly can wait to see it happy again.

" I left my heart in San Francisco. High on a hill it calls to me...."
" 99 miles from LA. I love u..."
Here we sing: many thousand miles from LA.... I miss u...

Hybrids trill me, amaze me, captivate me in many ways.
Yes my garden I suppose has more Dyckia species than any but
we can make them better looking and more adaptable plants.
I always say to those who don´t see this as a good thing:
We are alive and at plenty on Earth for the hybrids we created.
If we ought to rely on the ancient pure strain corn, rice, soy, wheat we would be starving to death by the billions. If we had hybrid cacti and hybrid orchids and hybrid bromeliads sooner than we did many, many pure strains would still be in peace in their native habitat.
Hybrids tend to be prettier, adaptable, disposable, cheaper.
It happened to our orchids, our cacti, our bromeliads and will happen with Dyckias.
People want the beautiful and the disposable. Today the orchids are bought at bloom perfect and so cheap they are discharged after blooming to be substituted by an even more beautiful and even more cheaper one. This is happening everywhere on Earth.
Industry! Today we listen the words Flower Industry. It creates work wages, feeds millions around the world, generates billions of US Dollars and turn the world a lot prettier.
Pure strains is for specialized Public Gardens and Natural Reserves.
Our Public Botanic Gardens are much too similar to the old ZOO. A bit of everything.
This is about to change. Specialized Botanic Gardens is yet beginning to appear here and there.
Those monsters will be seen under different eyes soon.
Always the best lies on Future! The best lies ahead...

Dwarf! Unnamed Dwarf Brazilian Dyckia

This is for sure a serious candidate to any sunny windowsill of a passionate
succulent lover. This is a perfect cutie-cutie Dyckia.
Yes! Species!
From Santa Catarina, of course my Dear Watson...
This is the winter color, it gets even more dark when the days are longer and clearer.
As you can see it comes in green too.
Here uphills, we have found some very small Dyckia species.
Some are particularly beautiful as these ones here.

Sep 28, 2009

Dyckia Mundo first bloom

Dyckia Mundo
Mother plant: Dyckia marnier-lapostollei from Southwest Bahia
Pollen donator: Dyckia brevifolia from Ribeirão do Cocho-SC
Flower pollination date: May05th 2007
Seed collected date: October 10th 2007 ( five months later!)
Sowing date: October 10th 2007
Germination date: May15th to May 21th 2007
First bloom: Today

Flower stem is the very same as those of Dyckia marnier-lapostollei.
Flowers are also the same as those of Dyckia marnier-lapostollei except they open
totally and bear the golden yellow color that differs from the red to orange of the mother plant flowers.

Abit of stamina may fit....

Let us color up the landscape


Contradicting their own names some Orthophytuns lose their shape
when they elongate themselves in order to bloom.
Here we have a beautiful colored cultivar.
Above under rain.

Sep 27, 2009

Dyckia fosteriana

Dyckia fosteriana in each of its different looks is always
a most beautiful Dyckia.

Dyckia fosteriana complex needs to be better studied and understood.
Genetically speaking its gene was over flowed in Southern São Paulo State
and it flows throught the entire middle east Paraná to
Northeast Santa Catarina.
Some new found Dyckia plants native to Quiririm held more fosteriana genes than its own.
Dyckia donafranciscae, a suggested name, is so close to Dyckia fosteriana it well may be one of its affinis. Dyckia donfranciscae is native to Northeastern Santa Catarina.
We have only just begun to understand Dyckias.
They are turning to be even more glamorous plants.

Desirable..most wished

Making one get wide open mouthed and drooling in a continuous flow...

Outstanding, classic and never ceasing to amaze me.
It is one of the most used species to bring Hybrids to life
with color and shine.

Dyckia hebdingii

Dyckia hebdingii

This is a Dream Dyckia species.
Yellow flowered Dyckia. Its seeds are very small.
It is one of the bluest Dyckias of all.
Thrives on rocks and it is threatened by the settlers who destroy them in order not to cause injuries to cattle and children.
Large scale plantations of pine, eucalyptus and acacia will destroy some of its habitats.

Unnamed dyckia species from South in Brazil

The compact looks add beauty to this already beautiful Dyckia species.
Grows in Central North area of Rio Grande do Sul.
Known as Dyckia from São Marcos-RS

Sep 26, 2009

Dyckia dawsonii

Dyckia dawsoni
It is very difficult to be located in nature and somehow this contributed for it preservation.
This plant is a classic classic Dyckia and has been used in many lovely Dyckia hybrids.
It is said to exist a Dyckia dawsoni that is completely coated by silver scales.

Humm... this is a Dyckia dawsoni half breed...

Dyckia Spider Witch
This half per cent Dyckia dawsoni hybrid is a very beautiful plant and one of the most
flower abundant Dyckia. Blooms like mad in conspicuous yellow flowers.
The other half comes from Dyckia chorestaminea.
As the days get warmer, longer and brigther it gets redder.
This is a very nice hybrid.

Dyckia dawsonii

Dyckia dawsoni

Here something quite weird happened. We have a great deal of difficulty in order to find this baby´s habitat and locate the plant. Those several Dyckia dawsonii looks we usually see seem not to exist in nature. It may occur in more silver or more greener or rubra looks but the foliage is always the same. Those thin leaved and/or pink spined ones may well be hybrids.
Even a selective bettering would not be able to produce those looks.
But it also may be possible those plants come from a different location in nature what I think to be the least probable.

Dyckia fosteriana marialvensis

Dyckia fosteriana marialvensis
This is a proposed name for this Dyckia fosteriana variety.
The Dyckia fosteriana complex comprehends many varieties and some species.
It passes trough Paraná from Southern São Paulo to Northern
Santa Catarina. Dyckia fosteriana Complex in all its varieties and species
deserve a better understanding derived from deep serious research.

Sep 25, 2009

New Dyckia species from Minas Gerais

This is a small Dyckia species from Minas Gerais.
Unnamed and graceful.
Comes from São Tomé das Letras.

Dyckia distachia aurea

Dyckia distachia aurea

Dyckia distachia is one of the rarest Dyckias of all and this is
the hardest to find form of all Dychia distachia and also the smallest of all.
It is a reofitic species from Santa Catarina .
Here you see it emitting flower spike.
Flowers are big and golden yellow.

Dyckia pseudococcinea

Dyckia pseudococcinea

This plant has a large territory form Minas Gerais to Rio Grande do Sul and shows
very little differences form one area to the other.
One of the rarest Dyckias to be found in São Paulo State and also around the City of São Paulo.
It is easely taken as Dyckia tuberosa which is very similar to.

Dyckia fosteriana - Marialva-PR

We are getting to know many new native looks of this baby here.
Some of them may be big plants and some are very small ones.
This one here is a small Dyckia fosteriana from close do Marialva in Paraná.
This Marialva variety gets over coated in white scales if protect from the heavy rain.
Marialva is a Town in Paraná and the name means WhiteMary so Marialvensis is a very good name here: Dyckia fosteriana marialvensis
Flowers are red!

Dyckia encolirioides

Dyckias are fantastic plants in many ways.
They are the many blooms bromeliads and this is their main highlight for they do not melt after blooming.
They are long lived creatures. Other bromeliads just melt in a disgusting foetid sight after you have done all the right things in order to make them bloom. They die in front of you. So you keep on asking Heavens to not let them bloom.
Those of you who already had a huge rare variegated Alcantareae imperialis knows quite well what I mean. You both won´t share a long enduring coexistence here. Also to get rid of the corpse is a Herculean work no doubt.
Dyckias are just like macaws once you get one it is for life.
Dyckias keep on going bloom after bloom.
Here in Erwino Beach it was found a Dyckia encholirioides presenting a reptile trunk with more than 500 years! The sand dunes covered the several meters long trunk while the plant happily
flowered atop of it.
Dyckias do not hang on a tree. Plants that lives on trees rely on it to survive. Once the tree dies the plant succumbs to. Normally bromeliads that lives perched not not live longer than their perch. So they are used to dying and continue to do so no matter where they are.
Dyckias are many blooms bromeliads. Aging here means getting better and better. The older a Dyckia gets the best it is in all and any respects.
Dyckias...nothing compares to them!

Dyckia encholirioides bloom against a cloudy sky.
Spring but we have just 13 centigrades this late September morning here in Santa Catarina, Brazil.
This huge Dyckia species is native to our sandy South Atlantic seashores. It is used to cold winds and salt water sprays.
Dyckia encholirioides blooms beautifully and at plenty in fact a field of Dyckia encholirioides at full bloom is a sight to behold.

Uncertain,unnamed, unknown and unseen Dyckia

That´s a 4u plant: uncertain, unnamed, unknown and unseen one.
I got this baby from Goiás.
Collected by an orchid and cacti lover woman.
She said she could not resist the appealing of this beauty.
When her son described the plant I thought it would be an Encholirium as
I did not heard of a new silver Dyckia species around there.
Yes, this is a Dyckia species and what a Dyckia!
Adding to this, weird and oddly enough the plant pups.
It emits long distance pups and this is much too weird for a Cerrado plant.
Pupping is quite usual in Southern Dyckias.
It has not bloomed yet.
Now with the beginning of the longer and brighter days I expect it becomes an ultra
super silvery Dyckia.

Sep 24, 2009

Treasures made of Dyckias.

Dyckia Brittle Star Original One
Remember, it just got from a many thousands kilometers trip.
Bond to fascinate me, to allure me.
Brittle Star. Already a classic a most wished one.

Dyckia Bill Payleen
This is a gorgeous one. Conquered many prizes. A winner.

Dyckia Son of Tarzan

Dyckia Tarzan