May 31, 2011

Dyckia goehringii...and some of its intriguing pollinating secrets.

 Dyckia goehringii young wilderness caught plant. This plant was sent to me in order to help me to obtain true seeds. People believed different plants were needed in order to produce true viable seeds but the true is: D. goehringii can´t produce seeds in temperatures below 26 degrees Centigrades. They are capable of self pollinating and producing true seeds! I do believe most of the Dyckia goehring we see abroad are in fact hybrid produced by Dyckia goehringii and Dyckia beateae. This pairing was made when it as believed the plant could not produce self true seeds. In nature the main pollinator agent is a moth and the flowers gets ready to be pollinated by night. Many other central Brazil Dyckias relay on nocturnal pollinators, avoiding the extreme heat of the day to expose their delicate sexual organs. Many Dyckias do not even open their flowers and just a tiny orifice is opened to allow the moth to probe inside searching for nectar.

Dyckia Velascana variegated

Dyckia Dancing Dervish

Dyckia Dancing Dervish
Dyckia goehringii X Dyckia marnier-lapostollei

Dyckia delicata X Dyckia fosteriana-fosteriana

Dyckia delicata X Dyckia fosteriana-fosteriana

This is a young small plant and most of it lays ahead in the future
but we can notice it is already a show. Dyckias just get better with age.

May 30, 2011

Dyckia goehringii X Dyckia fosteriana-fosteriana

Dyckia goehringii X Dyckia fosteriana-fosteriana
 ...a young seedling.

Dyckia fosteriana-fosteriana Star of Brazil

 Star of Brazil

 Dyckia ferruginea
Native to Mato Grosso this is a most beautiful specimen as it is solely white.
The name refers to some cotton like structure in its flowers stem.
This is the only Dyckia I known to show a light golden sheen all over it...

gyrating dervishes - Dyckia Dancing Dervish is a Dyckia goehringii X Dyckia marnier-lapostollei hybrid I myself made in my magic backyard.

Dyckia Dancing Dervish


Dyckia sp marnier-lapostollei affinis...wilderness collected plant

Dyckia sp marnier-lapostollei affinis
Imposing and gorgeous plant.

I do believe I could better care and this would be even  bemore stunning one.

Dyckia Belíssima

 Dyckia beateae var. Barra do Garças
Wild collected plants. Just melted frost on its leaves
this plant guards a close  look with the beautiful Dyckia goehringii.

May 29, 2011

Dyckia sp marnier-lapostollei affinis

This is an extremely beautiful plant and this one he is a wilderness collected one.
Flowers are deep red.

Dyckia Bill Paylen

Dyckia sp hebdingii aff. rubra

Dyckia argentea..or the closest to it we we have....

Dyckia argentea
Serra do Lenheiro - Minas Gerais

 Dyckia argentea. Its description is so full of mistakes it is impossible
to even determine the species really exists
This was found  in Serra lenheiro, woodman mountain chain in Minas Gerais.

May 28, 2011

Dyckia noelii is a Northeasthern Santa Catarina uphills deweller.

Dyckia noelii
This beauty looks as it was removed from a Vincent van Gogh painting....

 Dyckia goehringii
Dyckia fosteriana-fosteriana

A very beautiful hybrid that bears big golden spines.

Dyckia Big Brazil #2 one of Bill Baker´s rarest hybrids

  Dyckia Big Brazil #2

This beauty came from Houma and was sent by my friend David.
He lost his two winters ago and soon I will be able to send some back.

 This plant is solely white and extremely coated with coarse scales.

Dyckia Tarzan and Dyckia Son of Tarzan by Bill Baker

Dyckia Tarzan is a luxury in greens and white and 
Dyckia Son of Tarzan is a white plant.

 D. Son of Tarzan


Dream  in my hand or
Dyckia Tarzan basal sprouts.
Both Adult plants came all the way from Encino-California
and felt so at easy here they both also begin their flower stem
and I will re hybridize both using each other.
What should appear?
Thanks go all to my friend Steve Ball from the Land of milk and honey!

May 27, 2011

Dyckia Podrella Banguella

 Dyckia Podrella Banguella
...a small almost toothless Dyckia hybrid made all by myself

This gracious hybrid presents a trunk . This means an old plant here  with very small size.