Jun 29, 2011

Dyckia fosteriana-fosteriana Star of Brazil.

Dyckia fosteriana-fosteriana Star of Brazil

Here I used two regional varieties of the fantastic Dyckia fosteriana to produce this beauty.
Dyckia fosteriana is native to  Paraná One of the three southern Brazilian States.
It is used to cold and resist temperatures well bellow freezing.
Here in Brazil they are all winter blooming plants and
are very  proliferous in terms of flowers.
they all produce large orange
petaled flowers.

Jun 27, 2011

Bromeliad Society International

What a honor to be mentioned here.
I want to share this with all my friends around the world. I won´t name any
but I must say thank you to all of them.
I am honored and most pleased.

Dyckia braunii

Dyckia braunii
..a small beauty from our Central Region

Produces just a few seed pods on a very slender and thin flower stem.

Jun 26, 2011

Just getting bold......

 Orthophytum saxicola

Well, if you do not care to dare you won´t go anywhere

Aechmea recurvata

Aechmea recurvata is found here in the South in many colors and forms. Their flower bractea may vary from almost white to deep dark wine and the petals can be white, blue, lilac and many more... almost every tree has a population perched on some of its branches. Sometimes these populations are so huge when it rains the branch is cracked down to the soil.
This one here is a rupiculous one found at the extreme South Brazilian  border close to Uruguay.
Now what about a
Aechphytum or a Orthomea?
I shall try....am I being too bold and stubborn?
Maybe...who cares to dare?
Later i will tell the results and maybe even show them...

Jun 25, 2011

Dyckia Brittle Star, Dyckia Bill Paylen and Dyckia Estrela Brasileira (Star of Brazil)

Dyckia Bill Paylen
These two  Bill Baker-s masterpieces seems to be matched in bloon and
this gives wings to my dreams...
 Dyckia Brittle Star
 (Both plants above were Mr.S. Ball gifts to me.)

Future is not ours to see,what will be will be?
No! Not anymore as this charming old song says.
Future is ours to see and hope God to live!
We must dare to prepare the future new  beauties, the new hybrids, new looks.
If we do not dare the future is bound to be a drab one.
Today resulted from the once dreamed  dreams, someone´s dreams.
We shall have ours maybe in the future entice new dreamers to
have dreams of their own...and so to go on till the end of times
The future is ours to see!!!!

Dyckia Estrela Brasileira or Dyckia Star of Brazil

Jun 24, 2011

Dyckia delicata var. cyanophylla

Dyckia delicata cyanophylla
It grows quite close to the type form but its blooming seems not to match that of the type form.
It is a  bit bigger than the type form and as impressive.

Dyckia delicata rubra type

Dyckia delicata rubra type
It produces impressive flat opposing discs

Dyckia Liz Taylor: Dyckia sp magnifica X Dyckia delicata rubra

Here you see a single seedling and three growing points.
Notice the small plants are already coloring up.

Dyckia Liz Taylor
....endumented and colorful....
since so young and small...

Jun 23, 2011

Dyckia Toothy Wolfgang

Dyckia toothy Wolfgang
This perfection lives in my garden thanks to Steve Ball

Jun 22, 2011

Dyckia choristaminea Morro do Carvão

Dyckia choristaminea from Morro do Carvão
...thin stiff leaves

The rubra and the green forms here...

Dyckia Apolônia a hybrid made by myself....

Dyckia Apolônia
Dyckia gradeae X Dyckia brevifolia
Notice the stiff leaves, the red spines and the many shades of colors...

Jun 20, 2011

Dyckia beateae var. Barra do Garças-MT

Dyckia beatea var. Barra do Garças-MT
This is one of the three Dyckia beateae varieties known up to now.

Maybe in the future it will be decided the three varieties are in fact threes species but
this is all conjectures. The first and well known abroad is a a yellowish and big plant bearing conspicuous yellow curved spines and the second is a smaller plant that tends to be solely rich reddish under the fierce Sun. All very good looking plants

Just dreaming:
I do enjoy the hybrids and I think nothing  can be more nature preserving than hybrids as they are  or tend to be beautiful plants designed to our  wishes and needs...but..always a but, in Dyckias everything is quite different. When one crosses two different looking Dyckias no matter hybrids or species, we hardly have an army of very same looking individuals but many different ones. also we can repeat many times the very same procedure and get to also different results never matching the first one. This results in a very  sad practical consequence:  hybrids can be very very very rare plants. Much rarer than the parents may be.
One special hybrid Dyckia can be just an only one on the globe. This is just a bit commoner than a Dodo (living or dead). A single being that only reproduces itself by self division or basal sprouts as its descend is always a true guessing with many possibilities but never the same looks will emerge in F1, F2 .....to the end. So one think we may be sure every Dyckias has its only and unique beauty.
We shall have one day a n army of man made Dyckia Bill Paylen, Dyckia Brittle Star, Dyckia Estrela Brasileira ...the future is not ours to see and what will be will be, que será, será...( The beautiful  song performed by Doris Day)

Below we see a  fantastic beautiful true Dyckia goheringii, maybe the most beautiful Dyckia species found up to now. Notice how similar is its arrangement to the above plant.
Now what about a marriage here or just a night stand (D. goehringii is polinated by night.)?
Will the resulting plants be very similar to their parents only differently colored?
Que será, será!

Jun 17, 2011

Dyckia fosteriana-fosteriana

Dyckia fosteriana-fosteriana

Dyckia sp gradeae

Dyckia sp gradeae
Very beautiful and ornamental this is a Mato Grosso new found Dyckias species.

Jun 16, 2011

Two of the pretties Dyckia species got together to make one of the most beautiful dyckia hybrids...

 Dyckia marnier-lapostollei (Big blue giant variety)

Here are the parents of my Dyckia Dancing Dervish 

Dyckia goheringii

Below we see the stunning hybrid Dyckia Dancing Dervish

Still very yong seedling but already revealing their beauty.
They will be entirely white and deep plants with leaves less broad than the mother plant one
and big spines. Dyckias are so they allow us to make our own memorable beauties. Some no one has seen before, some there are no others all around the globe....

Jun 15, 2011

Dyckia ferruginea

Dyckia ferruginea
Ferruginea is rusty in Latin. Now we know why....