Jul 12, 2020

Orthophytum lemei and Orthophytum toscanoi

When not in full bloom it is almost impossible to tell them apart.
O. toscanoi is in front. O. lemei has dark-colored floral bracts and both show tiny white flowers.


Jul 7, 2020

Dyckia nigrispinulada a giant living ball from southern vertical walls

 A wonderful picture taken by southern vertical wall climbers from Caxias do Sul-RS .
thanks to Lise Severo. Here this granitic wall shows some beautiful Dyckias. Notice their sizes comparing with the climber. 

Jul 6, 2020

Dyckia hebdingii X Dyckia brevifolia var. subidensis

The best of each parent are tied here

Jul 4, 2020

Dyckia irmgardiae, another southern native one

Tiny black spines and long straight narrow leaves  and a white scale coated rosete center
describe it.

Jul 3, 2020

Dyckia encholirioides var. spinosissima X Dyckia delicata

Red, white and variegated plants are so sought after that the green ones are rare. ...and they
are gorgeous. Long numerous soft golden thorns on light green foliage turn this 
seedling into a spectacular promise.

Jun 22, 2020

Dyckia macedoi

These leaf marks are peculiar to macedoi. 

A fine 360° orfull complete variegation

Full variegated  Dyckias are rare amid the rare notably the colored ones.
Most variegations are half-moon ones and not a complete 360°.  Also, most variegated plants are white and green or ivory and green. Full multicolored variegations are strikingly beautiful.
This is a seedling I was lucky enough to get myself.

 Another point is, will its seeds be full variegated too?
Dyckias try to set flower stalks on the point the variegation is not well set and this is the main
reason seeds produced by variegated plants are not variegated. We shall see it for sure.
This is a Dyckia monticola.

Jun 21, 2020

Jun 17, 2020

Dyckia hebdingii considerations

We can say Dyckia hebdingii are variable, evolved, hybridized... see this all here are hebdingii
from its natural area. You can see a rubra one, a green one, a white one....

Jun 10, 2020

I favor hybrids, always.

 Dyckia brevifolia X Dyckia delicata
Dyckias are great, great in all details and aspects. I favor hybrid plants. in fact, many of the plants described as true species are in fact natural hybrids. The parent plants are long gone and not to see around anymore but the hybrids are there. Dyckias have a clear role in nature. Dyckia mare pioneers. they bring life to the rocks, they bring the trees to them and once the trees are established dyckias are vanished, long dead in shadows
Hybrid Dyckias are almost always more beautiful and more adaptable as they carry richer genetics. Hybrids preserve nature and natural plants in nature.

 Yes, a too young seedling to tell more but it does show seasonal yellow colors, rubber-like super white teeth and charming shape.


Jun 8, 2020

White Dyckia pottiorum, the crab Dyckia

...and it does carry the world on its back.