Dec 31, 2009

Dyckia fosteriana nivosa from Lapa-PR X Dyckia fosteriana Marialva from Marialva-PR

This is one of most stunning dazzling Dyckias of all.
It is a small plant and resulted from crossing of two Dyckia fosteriana, varieties from different localties
in Paraná.
I am positively sure you never had your eyes upon one of it as Both parents are extremely rare and newcomers into the Dyckia world.
The Marialva regional variety is a bigger plant than the nivosa one.
This plant has not bloomed yet but it is almost certain it will do next Spring.
Notice the spines are all white, somewhat contorted and extra numerous. Notice the leaves are broader. It may be deep silver coated on deep intense red.
Some local varieties or regional varietie of Dyckia fosteriana have very narrow leaves and are all as beautiful.
Technically this can´t be claimed as a hybrid but a cultivar.

Dyckia fosteriana
This Dyckia species from Paraná in Brazil is always an eye catcher
no matter its form.

The small narrow leafed plants you see in front of both pictures here are Dyckia chorestaminea
dwarf forms from Morro da Fumaça in Rio Grande do Sul.

Dyckia from the Leprosarium (Colony) in Porto Alegre region

The ancient colony, a horrendous place where the leprosy were taken to arround
Porto alegre City in the extreme Southt in Brazil is a place where some Dyckia species
found for habitat.

The plant is a stoloniferous one, small and very colorful and never once seen before.

Dyckia fosteriana nivosa rubra form

Dyckia Mundo on the left above and a Dyckia fosteriana nivosa rubra (adult!)
Mundo is a hybrid plant whose mother is an Dyckia marnier-lapostollei and the pollen donor is
a Dyckia brevifolia.

Dyckia fosteriana nivosa adult plant.

Dyckia Mundo and fosteriana nivosa rubra.
Dyckia fosteriana nivosa are among thesmallest of all Dyckias and also the most charming.

New Dyckia species from Northeastern Rio Grande do Sul

This is a small and beautiful new finding from South in Brazil.
Notice the spines do not go farer than two thirds the lenght of the leaf.
The distal last one third the lenght of the leaf is spineless.

This plant also tends to be very compact with many leaves leaving a impression of a ball.
Thi here is a young plant, adults hold many leaves per crown.

A Dyckia garden

A Dyckia gardem may be made with the finest Dyckia representatives
to impress any soul and no eye will miss it...
Colors, shades, forms all contribute for the unwaited, unexpected, inedit...dazzling.

You will need a large, shallow and wide mouthed pot, all sort of rocks, peebles, bogwood,
lots of imagination, a fertile organic substrate and a even more fertile mind.
Everything may fit in it.
When the plants get bigger you rearrenge them in two gardens till you have just one or two large Dyckia clumps per basin and several unique xeric gardens.You may bring home in the harsh of the winter
This is a job the entire family may have fun

Reds and white silver plants will ever be the focus, do not center them.
You will feel what a better result come from the material you have.
I know of a most beautiful xeric garden made entirely with pieces of an old concrete sidewalk.

A miniaturre new Dyckia species from Minas Gerais

This is a Dwarf Dyckia species from Minas Gerais in Brazil.
Unnamed and undescribed it comes from southern Minas Gerais
a very cold region where frosts are common in winter.

Dec 30, 2009

Dyckia jonesiana

Dyckia jonesiana
This is a Dyckia species from Rio Grande do Sul . It was discovered by a world famous Brazilian physician,
bromeliad enthusiast and  plant lover.
Dr. Jones had the opportunity to meet and live in the field with some world famous guys as  Father Raulino Reitz the Bromeliad Father.
Dyckia jonesiana pups easely in very strong stoloms and soon forms a dense carpet.

Dyckia dusenii

Dyckia dusenii
Native to Paraná it also can be found in a restricted area of Northeastern Santa Catarina.
A beautifull Dyckia species used to cold nights.
Bears one of the prettiest Dyckia blooms.

A new Dwarf Dyckia species from Northeastern Santa Catarina.

Sosmall it fits into one hand of yours.
Unnamed new Dyckia species.

Dyckia sp Pedra Branca - Tabaí - Rio Grande do Sul

It looks like a ball, a ball of spines.

New and beautiful Dyckia species still to be described.

Dyckia sp Cachoeira Dourada - Minas Gerais

This is a very beautiful new Dyckia species from Minas Gerais.

This species is an extreme sprouter and clones itself by the plenty.

This is a new option for who love them in silver coatings.

Dyckia MammaMia (all together)

Dyckia MammaMia

...of course this is a hybrid and what a hybrid!
Dyckia brevivolia and Dyckia fosteriana in their best dressing and fit to make you drooll.
Two of the most classic Southern Brazilian Dyckia species got together just to get
even better an open up your mouth.
We will see what is going to come up from this. This is a primary hybrid I guess F1
is about to be perfect looking plants.
Also This makes me wonder about a cross with Dyckia leptostachia, maybe a perfect red would come up.
Dealing with Dyckias is an endless array of beauties, surprises, dicoveries and joy....

Dyckia leptostachya

Dyckia leptostachya

This baby has a wide range indeed and wel surpasses the limits of Brazil.
It may be found in Southeast Santa Catarina, Rio Grande do Sul, Uruguay,
Argentina, Mato Grosso do Sul and Southern Bolivia.

Oddly enough, there are not many local variations as this plant can be found
in greenish, reddish dressings only.
It was used largely to give color to hybrids.
Large clumps are breathtaking when in full bloom.
Its flowers are of a beautifull yellow hue.

Has Dyckia platyphylla ever existed in Nature or is this a fake, a bad joke?

Dyckia platyphylla is a classic Dyckia species. Everybody knows it... or thinks to know it.
The name means broad leafed Dyckia.
These above and below are not a Dyckia platyphylla.
These are a hybrid plants!
It is a Dyckia marnier-lapostollei and a Dyckia brevifolia cross.
They both resulted from seeds collected from the marnier lapostollei flowers stalk whose flowers
were pollinated by a Dyckia brevifolia pollen.

Here below we see a Dyckia platyphylla or what is meant to be one.
Dyckia platyphylla is a long ago known Dyckia species and it was used in many
hybrid makings. It usually gives white teeth  and dark skin to its descents.

Dyckia platyphylla is to be living in Bahia second to its description.
Meanwhile no one has ever found a Dyckia platyphylla in nature since its description.
It is a long sought after and never found one.

Would this be just a fake, a joke?
Why this was never found in nature?
Is it an extremely retricted plant habitat, just a tiny area?
Is it so well hidden no one can find it?

Below we see another plant of Dyckia platyphylla tinted darker as usual.
Below we see another Dyckia, no!
This is a Dyckia Mundo, a hybrid.
I would swear this is a Dyckia platyphylla...but it is not.
This is a hybrid I myself made.
But...see it again.. doesn´t it look exactely like a Dyckia platyphylla?

Are those young plants below platyphyllas?
Maybe! If you consider platyphylla a cultivar, yes, they are.

This plant below and above were made  by myself using a
Dyckia marnier-lapostollei as mother plant and a Dyckia brevifolia
as a pollen donor or the father plant.

Many dyckias species are evolved in a kind of cloud due to many reasons and most are the fear to repeat what happened before to Orchids and then Cacti. Some taxonomists informed wrong directions to avoid
the plant to be disturbed in wilderness. This excessive care revealed to be desasterful to the plants as some got really lost forever in nature. Is this the case here?
Fact is, Science can´t fail with the true, there is no science when we base our efforts on a fake.
Look these plants here below: these are hybrids: Dyckia marnier-lapostollei X Dyckia brevifolia.

Is this below a Dyckia Patyphylla seedling?
No! This is a Dyckia Mundo, a hybrid.....or would it be platyphylla?
Dyckia Mundo, some turn to be rubra...
...the American say coke and in fact platyphylla is known as coke Dyckia.