Sep 29, 2015

Dyckia discoides a jewel from Santa Catarina rocks

One of the rarest and least seen Dyckias.
Notice the strong thorns go up to the tip of the leaves.
A truely impressive look.

Sep 27, 2015

Sep 24, 2015

Dyckia noelii

Yes, it was found in nature!!!!

 Dyckia noelii. Yes, species and must be described.
It was found by Noeli Ramos and me. It also remember Noel and a Christmas ornament

Sep 21, 2015

Dyckia unguiformis and a bit of its history

A spectacular plant, native to Bahia in Brazil and found by Herr  Karl Heinz Tank, a German friend of mine.
He found the plants when they were enduring a severe dry season and were in deep suffering.
These two first pictures shows the plant in Germany.
The first one is a plant now under  cultivation and initiating its  "crown opening"
Karls send me four plants to allow me observation and further description for we need flowers.
Karl choose the name unguiformis meaning clawn like or with the shape of a folded bird clawn.

This picture here below shows the very same plant  above  when it just  got in  Karl´s home in Germany, in the German  district of Brandenburg.

Bellow  plants under  cultivation here in Santa Catarina Brazil.
This plant, possibly a Dyckia secunda related, shows a very very interesting behavior .
When this plant came to me  it was a very suffered one. I had endured a long period without any water in nature and it was folded and did looked as a closed bird clawn hence its proposed scientific name: Dyckia unguiformis.

Now guess what? It was a white plant!!!
Now it is a plant that present many many narrow white lines and it is unfolded for it has regained its  happy looks. This is a very weird and clever behavior. When the plant shrinks due to dehydration the white lines get together and the plant assumes the white appearance which is even whiter on the under surface of its leaves. After getting regular shares of water the crown unfolds and the leaves beguin to fill up with water and separating its many white lines... it turns  green and well lined.

Why this plant acts this way?
This is the way it found to protect itself from  heat and extreme Sun exposition during a period when it is  weak due to dehydration.
Clever, isn´t it?
Dyckias, the do not cease to amaze me.
The more I come to know the more I realize I need to know....

As we can clear see here the plant wants to bloom.
Let us see it.
Here I must state and say to Karls: DANKE
Danke, dass du mein guter Freund Karl. Sie mehr allein und selbst gemacht, als viele zusammen und ich schulde Ihnen meinen Dank und mein Respekt. 
Thank you my good friend Karl. You made  more alone and by yourself than many together and I owe you my gratitude and all my respect.

Dyckia unguiformis


Dyckiahb Brittle Star fungus attacked

Fungus attack the growing tissues and alters the spination and the scales. 
This is a Dyckia BS head just separated from the its twin plant.
Fungi are opportunistic and they  use to infect fragile plants.
Now this plant is treated and the fungus is dead.


Sep 20, 2015

A young hybrid Dyckia


Dyckias, you can make your own beauties

This is a very young seedling and Dyckias are very unusual plants for the older the better.
I can imagine this  one here some months ahead from now.
Notice the beautiful big thorns are getting bigger and whiter.

Sep 19, 2015

Dyckia delicata and Dyckia sp from Tres Picos - Rio do Sul - SC

Living and growing together...


Sep 17, 2015

Sep 16, 2015

Dyckia sp Campo Alegre-SC...just like an explosion

Extra long narrow straight leaves.....a sight to remember.


Dyckia reitzii rubra dark Djenes form and how it looks today Sept, 16th 2015