I am about to show you pictures taken on the highest peaks of Southeast Paraná and Northeast Santa Catarina. These species are truly alpine ones and they live all in between 1200 and 1880 meters above sea level. They are used to deep frosts, snow, icicle and, freezing winds.
We will see mostly Dyckia monticula and Dyckia fosteriana var. robustior and some never seen ones and still to be studied, understood and described.
To reach those Dyckia fields one must have a super well fit body, courage, disposition of an adventurer, correct equipament and the will of a wild goat. These guys are two 46yo Brazilian doctors.
Dr. Alexandre Kinas a veterinary and a mountain climber, Dr. Wilson Müeller, biologist and botanist.
These picture I too from From Vilson-s laptop computer using a camera so they are all low quality ones but will allow us to see what is about to come.
Grasses protect Dyckia from the extreme cold and strong winds.
Alpine trees tend to be dwarfened due the the local weather conditions.
They could not sleep but tremble. A campfire is totaly out of question here.