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Brazil 2009 - a prelude to the 2010 Biennial


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#41 KONADANTOM

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Posted 30 October 2009 - 04:44 PM

Mahalo for sharing the great photos - the Areca vestiaria is a personal favorite palm for me - I'm glad we can look forward to seeing more of these beauties in Brazil.
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#42 Licuala

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Posted 01 November 2009 - 09:58 AM

Mahalo for sharing the great photos - the Areca vestiaria is a personal favorite palm for me - I'm glad we can look forward to seeing more of these beauties in Brazil.



Aloha Dan!
Seems like you could get your fill of Areca vestiaria on the Big Island by just going over to Bo's! :lol:
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Posted 01 November 2009 - 10:00 AM

Thus far, I have covered 3 days of activities. The day most people will arrive is Saturday, April 17. As always, there will be a welcoming dinner at the hotel that evening. On Sunday, April 18, we will take the trip toward Teresopolis and the visit to Serra dos Orgaos National Park followed by the visit to see the large population of Attaleas. On Monday, April 19, is the visit to the Rio Botanical Garden. Tuesday, April 20, we will go to the Roberto Burle Marx Garden, Prainha National Park, and Herminio’s nursery and Garden. Although not quite in order here, these are the events so far covered.

As has been customary for the last several Biennial, we have one day that is a free day for people to do what they please or take optional tours that the tour operator provides. That day will be on Wednesday, April 21. There is much to see in the city of Rio as well as touristy things that people may want to see. Some may want to revisit the Rio Garden as there is just so much to see there. Others may want to just take a day sitting by the pool or head for Copacabana Beach. Wednesday to be a day to do whatever attendees would like to do that cannot be done during the rest of the Biennial.

On Thursday, April 22, we will stay close to home and visit the Tijuca Forest and go up to the Christ the Redeemer monument on Corcovado Mountain.

Christ the Redeemer monument from the city.
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Christ the Redeemer monument. Photo borrowed from the internet.
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The once cleared area that constitutes the 8000 acre Tijuca Forest was re-planted over 140 years ago and supports a large number of native plant species. While time constraints did not allow as an opportunity to visit the Tijuca Forest or Corcovado Mountain this past trip, we talked to many who said it would be a wonderful opportunity to see native palms and other plants. There are walking trails and we will take minibuses on some of the roads through the forest allowing us to see as much as possible.

At 2300 feet above the city, the view from the Christ the Redeemer monument should be simply amazing. It stands on top of Corcovado Mountain which can be seen from all of Rio.

The view from Christ the Redeemer monument. Photo borrowed from the internet.
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Posted 01 November 2009 - 10:02 AM

In the afternoon, we will go to Aterro do Flamengo Park that is situated on the bay-front of Rio. This park was designed by Roberto Burle Marx and constructed in the 1950s. It has many mature palms and unusual trees planted in large groupings throughout the park. People can wander or just take it easy amongst the park’s beautiful setting.
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Some older Hyophorbe lagenicaulis planted in the park
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A large grouping of Pritchardias next to the roadway in the park.
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Syagrus schizophylla looking very healthy
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Posted 01 November 2009 - 10:04 AM

A magnificent grouping of cannonball trees
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Dypsis decaryi makes quite the statement when planted en masse
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It is always a treat to see a Corypha umbraculifera in flower :mrlooney:
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Seeing four Corypha in a row in flower is virtually mind-blowing! :drool: There were a total of 8 in flower, all close to each other. This will still be quite a sight in April as they should all be in seed by then. Definitely astounding to see.
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Posted 01 November 2009 - 10:06 AM

During the afternoon the Sugarloaf Mountain cable car ride will be offered to those interested. Sugarloaf Mountain is another high vantage point to see all of Rio from.

The lower section of the cable car ride
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The upper section of the cable car ride up to Sugarloaf Mountain
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At the end of the day, we will head for the adjoining Porcao restaurant, a famous Brazilian churrascaria where we will get a chance to eat excellent Brazilian beef and drink a caipirinha or two.

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#47 Licuala

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Posted 01 November 2009 - 03:52 PM

Friday, April 23 is the last full day of the Biennial and it should turn out to be a memorable day in all aspects of the trip!

We will travel to Jill Menzel’s ranch, about an hour and a half from the hotel, where we will spend the day and into the night for the farewell dinner. Many surprises will be in store for the attendees and it will be a day no one will want to miss.

On the way to Fazenda Boa Esperanca, the name of Jill’s ranch, we will see some palms in habitat. One that is not native here, but has certainly made this area its home is Raphia farinifera. It has naturalized in some areas and now grows in large stands.
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Raphia farinifera next to the road
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There are 2 different Attalea species near Jill’s. One is a short trunkless species and then there is this large trunked species. I promise by April to have names for all these palms.
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This is another Astrocaryum species growing near the ranch.
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Posted 01 November 2009 - 03:55 PM

Fazenda Boa Esperanca is a working cattle ranch with 1100 head of cattle.
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There are areas of the ranch that are heavily wooded and trails will be cut through some of them so that attendees can do some hiking and see palms and other plants in habitat. Some of these areas are isolated and Jill has been working to link them together by planting native trees, palms, and shrubs to create pathways for animals and birds to travel between them.

In just 5 years, it has already made a difference in the amount of wildlife that can be seen throughout the ranch. The Golden Lion Tamarin monkey is an endangered species that lives in areas of the ranch. We may get a chance to see some of them if we are lucky.

The entrance to the ranch is rather non-descript and at the end of a road. On the way up to the main house there are many palms growing on either side of the driveway.

A beautiful specimen of Allagoptera caudescens
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The flower spike of Allagoptera caudescens in full flower
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Mauritia flexuosa growing directly in water
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Posted 01 November 2009 - 03:59 PM

One of several handsome Butia capitatas
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This is a view of the ranch taken near the house. It is a large ranch, to put it mildly.
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There are many palms to see here, both native and exotic species planted over a large area. Near the main house are some beautiful palms such as this Verschaffeltia splendida that is at that most photogenic size.
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This is the newest leaf of Phoenicophorium borsignianum demanding a photo be taken.
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Posted 01 November 2009 - 04:01 PM

This is an orange crownshaft Euterpe, that they call simply orange crownshaft Euterpe edulis. It reminded me a bit of the Euterpe catinga growing in Pauleen Sullivan’s garden in Kapoho, Hawaii. The difference is this is a solitary palm and the orange is more vibrant on this one. It is a beauty regardless. :mrlooney:
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A close-up of the crownshaft
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Lytocaryum weddelianum growing together in a grouping
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The fruit is unique in the way it splits open exposing the seed sections when the seed is ripe. This often happens while the fruit is still attached to the palm.
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Posted 01 November 2009 - 04:05 PM

Mauritiella armata growing by the pond near the house.
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Nani is a pet black cayman that lives in the pond. It appeared about 5 years ago and has taken up residence here while growing vup. He is now 7 feet or perhaps more. Nani knows his name and comes when called right to the water’s edge. One of his favorite snacks is fresh French bread. This is him grabbing a piece. I would imagine he will be seen by all who attend the day’s festivities. Keep any small dogs home …………. :rolleyes:
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Dypsis rivularis, which is a palm that simply will not grow in South Florida
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A close-up of the crownshaft
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Posted 01 November 2009 - 04:07 PM

And of course the obligatory photo of Cyrtostachys renda, always a must see!
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Calyptrocalyx albertisiana with a newly emerging red leaf
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Asterogyne martiana
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Posted 01 November 2009 - 04:11 PM

Further out in the ranch are areas being developed such as a Japanese Garden and African Garden. Along the way is a covered bridge, like you would find in Vermont, but with Syagrus flexuosa growing in large clumps next to it. This area features all the Brazilian native palm species
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Well, I think you start getting the picture that there is lots to see here. :mrlooney: I have only touched on the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. People can do as much exploring or as little as they see fit. There is plenty of area to relax and just take in the beauty of the ranch for those who wish, but for the real explorer and absolute palm nut, it will be difficult to see all there is to see.

During the course of the day, people can go to a palm heart factory that is very close by for a tour of how palm hearts are processed. It is quite an interesting thing to see and I highly recommend going.

Entrance to Aguas Claras de Maratua, The palm heart factory
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These are some of the products made. They will be made available to anyone who would like some.
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Posted 01 November 2009 - 04:15 PM

The palm hearts are harvested from Bactris gasiapaes. These are palms ready for harvest. As stems get large enough, they are harvested making room for more stems to grow for later harvest. These are the spineless variety of Bactris gasipaes, which makes it much easier to handle.
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This is a field of young Bactris recently planted. It takes 3-5 years for them to develop stems large enough to harvest.
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Later in the afternoon the festivities will begin with a full Brazilian barbecue with all the fixings. This is where the surprises will begin and this promises to be one of the best farewell sendoffs of any biennial. Buses will start taking people back to the hotel after dinner, but for those who stay a while longer, the party will last as long as …………… :rolleyes: :wacko:
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Posted 01 November 2009 - 04:17 PM

Well, I have reached the end of this adventure. I hope it has helped enlighten y’all as to what is in store for attendees of the 2010 Biennial. It will be a good one and I would encourage you to attend. Let’s make it one of the best ever, if not the very best!

See you there! :)

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Posted 01 November 2009 - 10:15 PM

Right outside the Garden office was this beautiful plant, which I am still trying to figure out. I know I have seen it before ………. somewhere, but clueless what it is. Anyone have an idea? :hmm:
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They are Pentagonia... something that I have given up growing.... Maybe one day I will try again...

Regards, Ari :)
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Posted 01 November 2009 - 10:40 PM

Paul,

Thanks for all the amazing photos! And it's not everybody who get to enjoy and appreciate all this twice! :)

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#58 Licuala

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Posted 02 November 2009 - 03:18 AM

Right outside the Garden office was this beautiful plant, which I am still trying to figure out. I know I have seen it before ………. somewhere, but clueless what it is. Anyone have an idea? :hmm:
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They are Pentagonia... something that I have given up growing.... Maybe one day I will try again...

Regards, Ari :)


Thanks for the ID Ari! It certainly is a kool plant.
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Posted 02 November 2009 - 10:58 AM

RE Post # 38: Aloha Dan! Seems like you could get your fill of Areca vestiaria on the Big Island by just going over to Bo's!

Aloha Paul – yes, I never miss a garden tour opportunity over at Bo’s palm palace in Leilani Estates. Bo and his lovely wife Karolyn are always wonderful and gracious hosts for our local Hawai’i Island Palm Society member events. For me, I can never get my fill of seeing tall stands of Areca vestiaria palms with their glowing orange and red crown shafts.


RE Post #51: Dypsis rivularis, which is a palm that simply will not grow in South Florida

Aloha Paul – Donald Sanders and I recently took a cross-island day drive over to see Jeff & Suchin Marcus. As usual, Jeff took a lot of time to lead us through the Floribunda “palm jungle” to show us new and exciting palms as well as palms that might appeal to our individual palm preferences. Jeff knows that I have a fondness for colorful palms, especially those with some red or orange colorations. So, Jeff went in search of a rare treasure that he had hidden away for safekeeping. He had hidden it so well that it took him about 30 minutes of searching to find it. The result of Jeff’s efforts: I now have a beautiful Dypsis rivularis palm growing in a favored irrigated location next to my palm hale!

I look forward to seeing those Dypsis rivularis palms growing in Brazil.
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Posted 04 November 2009 - 03:30 AM

Paulo, (as they will call you in Brazil),

Thanks for the preview. I hope to be able to participate. Over the years I have spent a lot of time in Rio and lived there in the late 80´s. It will be great to get back again and be with many people to learn from. Although I get a daily diet of life in Rio on TV, it is always a pleasure to be there. I love the mountains and coast.

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Posted 04 November 2009 - 12:43 PM

Paulo, (as they will call you in Brazil),

Thanks for the preview. I hope to be able to participate. Over the years I have spent a lot of time in Rio and lived there in the late 80´s. It will be great to get back again and be with many people to learn from. Although I get a daily diet of life in Rio on TV, it is always a pleasure to be there. I love the mountains and coast.

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Don,
I hope you can attend as well. I am really looking forward to going back as I did not see everything becuase of our limited time. I plan on visiting more of the country as well when I return.

Hope to see you in April! :)

Paul, Pablo, Paulo, ................. I will answer to just about anything :lol:
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Posted 04 November 2009 - 04:35 PM

Paul,

Just a small minor correction, Dypsis rivularis is growing quite well here in South Florida.I've personally seen a few pushing 5' now and looking quite good. One was planted as far north as Melbourne,Fl. Another is here growing in Mike Harris's garden in Davie. Mine are doing well, but not as big.
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Posted 04 November 2009 - 05:26 PM

Paul,

Just a small minor correction, Dypsis rivularis is growing quite well here in South Florida.I've personally seen a few pushing 5' now and looking quite good. One was planted as far north as Melbourne,Fl. Another is here growing in Mike Harris's garden in Davie. Mine are doing well, but not as big.


Hey Jeff,
wow, that is excellent news. I never did have any luck with them, and I know others that had difficulty getting them past 3 or 4 years old. It must be something in that Davie and Melbourne soil!
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Posted 08 January 2010 - 08:28 PM

Paul thanks for taking all the photo's for all of us who cannot attend. I imagine when my little girls get bigger we can leave them to be able to go to one of these ......or they may want to come as well. Anyway thanks again for the tour.....ya'll have a great time.
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