Jun 16, 2012

Dyckia sp campesina ...Campo Alegre-SC

This picture tells us more than we might wonder.
Field pictures can help us all Dyckia lovers to understand our plants.

This picture was taken yesterday , June15th , 2012.

This is not far away from my house, just a half our lazy climbing trip as this is uphills.
Joinville is  close by the sea and at sea level and this is a thousand meters high.

It does get cold here and frosts are common place but never the ice stays for more than a very few
 hours and never it has lasted till the other day. 
These plants are used to fresh to cold nights and  hot days as the mountain dwellers are.
Last week we had temperatures below freezing and now look at my clothes here.
This  was 14 degrees Celsius, fresh for our Brazilian standers.

 Now let us look at this picture:

The rock is visible and also the moss rug on which the Dyckia is growing.
Notice the grasses amid Dickias or Dyckia amid grasses.
We are at Autumn end and the grass is drying killed by the early autumn frosts.
The grass that granted shadow and protection against the Summer Sun is now giving  a chance for the Dyckias see the blue winter sky.

The shrubs are getting spread and begin to grow amid Dyckias.
This is the Dyckia role as settler plants. They prepair  the terrain for the forest to grow.
See this, there is almost a forest behind, a luxuriant one.
Dyckias do die when the forest take place. 
So all Dyckias are under the process of extintion!!!

 Also notice how  Dyckias get food, the water brings nutrients to them.
 Last rain here occured four days ago and the rain water still runs on the rock. 
The forest behind acts as a sponge ...and source of life and death.

Notice two flower stalks. 
These plants blooms around  the end of September but we can always see some flowers. 
It seems the plant is trying to find out the best time for blooming.
I hope this heps you to understand a bit  more about Dyckias.
Now have a ride with us, me and Raquel and the faithfull dog Lady around  here.
Have a nice time!

1 comment:

  1. It looks like a beautiful day, and to see Dyckias in the wild, even better!