By Gileno Machado
Last week we made a quick exploiting visit to a small Atlantic Forest reserve in Pernambuco, Northeast Brazil with some local guides, in search of eventually new and also existing palm species. This area, located near the city of Ribeirão, belongs to an old sugarcane mill and is one of the few remaining parts of the original forest, among sugarcane plantations.
During the visit, we were very lucky to find a few young and grown up specimens of the elusive Bactris pickelli palm, rarely seen in the area. This small palm thrives in dark areas of forest floor, graciously showing off its shiny leaves and has a particular characteristic of velvet underleaves, sensible to the touch.
Here are a few photos taken in habitat:
By Pal Meir
I just found this info when searching for »Syagrus itapebiensis«. Does this mean that there is a second habitat of Lytocaryum itapebiense in Nordeste/BA? The first one in Itapebi/BA seems to be destroyed.
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By Pal Meir
Hello all Lytocaryum fans,
since a couple of years I am looking for photos of Lytocaryum palms showing them in their natural habitat. According to Noblick & Lorenzi (2010) there are 4 species of Lytocaryum: L. hoehnei, L. insigne, L. weddellianum, and L. itapebiense. The locations oft their known natural habitats in SE Brazil are from north to south as following:
Espírito Santo: Santa Teresa; Santa Leopoldina; Vargem Alta
Rio de Janeiro: (Nova Friburgo;) Teresópolis
Rio de Janeiro: (Macaé Petrópolis; Magé
São Paulo: São Paulo; …
Paraná: Tunas do Paraná; …
I have found some good photos on GoogleEarth / Panoramio showing only 2 species of these palms in their habitat, e.g.:
Petrópolis at 910 m: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/68837292
Magé at 750 m: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/68354859
Santa Leopoldina at 510 m: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/111283264
If you know other links to photos of Lytocaryum or if you have your own photos of Lytocaryum in habitat all Lytocaryum fans would be very happy when you post them here at PalmTalk with informations concerning the locations.
Dear Palm Talk Members,
not many of you know me personally, I am a Spanish landscape architect living and working in Rio de Janeiro (yes,I know how lucky I am). I became a Palmtalk forum member a few years ago when I became IPS member and I was still in university. I haven´t been very active in the forum since a while ago, but I always check what´s going on around here.
Despite the fact that I´m not that active in the forum, I am active in the palm world. I have worked as a landscape architect for the restoration project of the Palmetum de Santa Cruz de Tenerife in Spain, along with my good friend Carlo Morici and other experts and professionals in the area from all over the world.
I recently started working in the “Prefeitura da Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro” to be exact working as a landscape architect within the planning department of the University City Hall.
I am texting here today because I am in a mission. I am enrolled at the moment in the new master-planning project for the whole university campus, which is a 100 Hectares Island at Rio´s Guanabara bay. The master-planning project involves most of the campus grounds, gardens and interior patios and courtyards (many of them designed originally by the master Roberto Burle Marx in the 1950s).
As Roberto would have done, most of the new planting mainly in the big areas will consist in native species, nonetheless always paying attention to the outstanding aesthetic and horticultural qualities of some exotic species. The exotic species will be mainly used on patios and courtyards.
This is a call for donation of seeds/seedlings of potential species to introduce in the university campus. We have our own nursery with a decently qualified team of plant producers and gardeners that under supervision will have success taking those seeds and seedlings into the ground one day not too far away.
I will like to express the importance that a simple change into the “standard way of planning” has got. The standard way will be to plan and plant the available stuff right here, but I will like to take this a little further. The University could have a great impact in the new generation of biologist, ecologist, landscape architects and urban planners from Rio the Janeiro and the whole country. By improving the botanic diversity on the campus they will have a broader vision and knowledge in the use of plant material, for ecosystem regeneration as well as urban landscape planning.
As I said we are interested mainly in native species (not that easy to find as it might seem here in Brazil), as well as non native species with potential in Rio. We are collaborating with the botanical garden of Rio de Janeiro as well as the Sitio Roberto Burle Marx, but they have limitations and there is nothing like a community of experts and palm lovers to provide with the good stuff.
I will happily provide by private message with the university postal address. I will also answer here any question you might have.
The donations will go straight away to the University, the seeds will not be used for any lucrative purpose.
These are Palm species that we have got already:
Attalea (need ID, anyone?)
Pictures of some of the Tech.Faculty patios to be restored:
Not a palm but, has anyone got seeds of Bursera simaruba?
Muito obrigado galera!!