CSSA habitat tour in Brazil (with pictures)

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Re: CSSA habitat tour in Brazil (with pictures)

Post by Vic » Thu Jul 31, 2008 8:21 am

Yes great stuff Marlon, some truly superb plants:)
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Re: CSSA habitat tour in Brazil (with pictures)

Post by Phil_SK » Thu Jul 31, 2008 9:10 am

Thanks again for sharing some of these barely known (in UK cultivation, at least) plants. Pseudoacanthocereus? I didn't think there were any cactus genera left that I would need to look up!
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Re: CSSA habitat tour in Brazil (with pictures)

Post by Diane » Thu Jul 31, 2008 5:18 pm

Simply MAGNIFICENT!!!, Marlon, thank you so much.
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Re: CSSA habitat tour in Brazil (with pictures)

Post by CoronaCactus » Wed Jan 21, 2009 9:52 pm

Hi Marlon,

Having just found this thread yesterday, i have spent the past 2 days of my lunch hours viewing it.

My sincere thanks for your time to post all these great pics and the info you provided with them. Truely an amazing country for cacti species. I have a soft spot for the cephalium producing columnar plants.

Words cannot describe the joy viewing this great thread. Absolutely incredible!!!
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Re: CSSA habitat tour in Brazil (with pictures)

Post by kaowinston » Sun Feb 22, 2009 8:36 pm

Marlon, this has got to be the the tour of a lifetime. Just looking at the photos make you realise how much you would love to be there. Absolutely spectacular are the different plants and trees, and the way they coexist and grow within the varied, and differing land structures. These photos are an education for those of us who never been to your beautiful country. Thank you very much for this extraordinary window of habitat life in Brazil. One day I would like to go there. New member Winston
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Re: CSSA habitat tour in Brazil (with pictures)

Post by Marlon Machado » Mon Feb 23, 2009 6:34 pm

Thanks all for your kind comments!

Yes Winston, I really love living here so close to these plants, and visiting them at every possible opportunity.

Actually I did not finish the tour, there are two days left - I should post the remaining pictures.

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Re: CSSA habitat tour in Brazil (with pictures)

Post by IanW » Mon Feb 23, 2009 9:07 pm

How long does it take you to travel to this kind of habitat Marlon? Something I learnt in Canada and the US is that in the UK many of us have a poor sense of distance and lower tolerance for "long" journeys due to our coutry being so relatively small. Something is often seen as far away here if it takes 3hrs to drive to but in Canada most people seemed to think 3hrs was just a short trip down the road as I learnt when we drove to the far side of Toronto from Ottawa taking us 7hrs, although some of that was Toronto traffic.

I'd love to live in this kind of climate because even if you had to travel to the habitat you could presumably quite easily grow all of these plants in your garden anyway! I like the idea of being surrounded by a million Melocactus in my garden ;)
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Re: CSSA habitat tour in Brazil (with pictures)

Post by Marlon Machado » Tue Feb 24, 2009 1:30 pm

Two, three-hour drive is a short trip here as well :) to go from the coast to the western part of the state of Bahia where I live, it takes about 12 hours of driving. In order to see all the best cactus places in a trip, one has to drive a lot, but then a itinerary can be created to optimize the habitat visits in order to see as many new things as possible each day. Still, these trips are long driving days with four or five plant stops per day.

But to see some cacti I do not need to travel far - in the campus of the university there are some native Pilosocereus and Cereus species growing, and if I drive just a few quilometers out of town I will be able to see melocacti in their natural habitats.

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Re: CSSA habitat tour in Brazil (with pictures)

Post by Cristi » Fri Apr 24, 2009 7:47 pm

Just magnificent. Is all I can say about this topic.
Congratulations and a big THANK YOU, Marlon!
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