Jan 31, 2013

Dyckia sp from Porto alegre old leprosy area.
It looks like a painting...


Jan 30, 2013

Dyckia reitzii, understand it.

Dyckia reitzii rubra adult plant.
We shall follow this plant  while it gets deep red wine colored.
This plant is one of the most spectacular Dyckias I know.
Years ago we did not even believed it existed. It grows only in a very limited  area on the border of a huge and spectacular canyon in between Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul. It grows high in there and it is really used to frosts and some snow. Deep frosts uses to burs its foliage and it dries ant turns into straw it is burned by fire. It grows amid grasses. These grasses protect it from severe deep frosts but once the grasses are also turned into straw the fire gets there. The plant recovers from the fast grass fires only if the are already mature individuals. This condition makes it rare, an extremely rare plant that need help. Individuals that grows within the canyon gorge are  a bit more safer that those o the very top of the borders in the surrounded prairies.  Another oddity here: this plant adores humidity!!It is most of the times  deep soaked during the nights and mornings due to the heavy mist formed in the gorge of the canyon.


Above and below we see two young stages of a Dyckia reitzii rubra.

This is a young Dyckia reitzii rubra .
This plant will pass by quite a transformation as it ages.
We re not used to these plants and no one showed them as I am doing now. 
We will follow this process here.

Bellow you can see three different stages of  Dyckia reitzii rubra.
the adult one id on the right side and it is going to get real dark red wine soon as it gets
 used and exposed to a strong direct light.


This plant above is a seedling, Notice the spines are not black yet but
 they will get darker and darker as the plant ages.

This is Dyckia reitzii type and this one here is part of the very same plants 
Pe. Raulino reitzii used for describing the species.
It was given to me by A Raulino´s close friend and medical doctor
 and botanist Dr. Jones Caldas (Dyckia jonesiana)
Dyckia reitzii is known as Dyckia of the clouds as it is only found in 
altitudes superior to 1.300 meters.
It occurs in several places in the South, all in very high altitude and places used to get frosts ans some snowing. It is found close to the border of SantaCatarina and Rio Grande do Sul  the Brazilian southernmost states. It is suspected to exist in Paraná a state north of Santa Catarina in one single place and also it is said to have being found in Rio do Janeiro State up
 to 2.600 meters high in Serra das Agulhas Negras.
The rubra form is found up north Rio Grande do Sul in a point where it meets Santa Catarina.

The silvery borders lines ar visible in both plants the type one and the rubra one.
It is more or less visible depending on the age of the plant.
Young plants do not show these lines and this is interesting and weird too.

The rubra one below is an old plant and shows these lines clearly.
the plant below , in my opinion is among the top most beautiful Dyckias of all.
This one I show is pale ´cause i wanted it to recover and get used to my cultivation. so I avoided to much stron direct Sun. From now on it is going to get redder and redder and we will follow this process.Notice the super silvery underleaves.



Dyckia discoides
Yes, species!

Two opposing discs.


Dyckia hb Picante, an old American hybrid

Picante means: peppery, spicy, racy, juicy, stinging, acrid...



Dyckia grandidentata
Rare Mato Grosso native to species.



Jan 29, 2013

This sp Dyckia from South is getting better and better looking every passing day.
I just can´t stop admiring it...

Jan 28, 2013

Dyckia hb Tarzan by Bill Baker

Dyckia sp from Campo Alegre-SC at my friend Djeines hand.


A Dyckia sp from Santa Catarina Northeast Uphills 
Here in Djeines hand.


Dyckia sp from Lagoão-RS, golden form seedling!
Here in my friend Djeines garden.

What a wonderful  Dyckia hebdingii affinis!
It lives in Djeines´garden here in Joinville.


Dyckia estevesii

Let it clump and grow naturaly prostrated...

Dyckia estevesii fan form is not an up righted plant.
It grows prostrated as the other fan shaped Dyckias.

This  won´t   block the water in its foliar basis.



Jan 27, 2013

Dyckia sp from Porto Alegre old Leprosy area.
Adult plants can bear 6 cm long spines.


Dyckia nigrospinulata

Dyckia nigrospinulata.
Just seeing the floral stalk one can assure the plant comes from South in Brazil.more precisely
from Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul border.

Notice the size of the flowers.
This indicates a very ancient Dyckia species.
The first Dyckias on Earth were so!
Dyckias originated south  in Brazil and migrated up North and they went under
many modifications along the way.
The went till close to the right margin of the mighty Amazon River.. Some got back and these are the most recent ones in the evolutionary history of Dyckias.
Unlike Africa we here had no extensive grasslands but Dyckia fields.
This helps us to understand the absence of large mammals in Brazil.....
Dyckias are capable of explaining many facts.
The more we know about them the more we know about our existence....
Dyckias here migrated with the ice eras....
Nothing carries their seeds today but a strong wind like a cyclone.
In remote times Dyckias were spread by now long ago gone mammals...
Today Dyckias have no spreader, no carrier agent...they are all condemed to extintion!!!

Knowledge is our stairway to Heavens.
The more we know the more we realize we  know just almost nothing....
Knowledge that does not turns us into better beings is no knowledge.
If I could live forever I would easily come into the conclusion that it would be not enough for the Universe are in constant transformation.
Living and dying are the instruments of The Evolution, the way God understands perfection.
Living forever would be the topmost cruelty.
I do love the knowing that leads me to knowledge...this undertanding is crucial for me to understand you...
I do love you, no matter where you are and not even who lives in your dreams. We are all directed into  a better being....
I am honored with your visit and pleased to be able to say something beyond the commom obvious.
Understanding nature is a step ahead to heaven.....


Jan 26, 2013

Dyckia sp from Porto Alegre leprosy area

Speechlessly saying : Wow!


Dyckia discoides

Dckia discoides
This marvel is native to Santa Catarina southwest uphills.
This one here is getting better and better looking every day.