A medium sized Dyckia to about eight to ten inches across, forming clusters. Narrowly tapering leaves bear prominent marginal spines spaced about a half inch apart. The color is green with a coppery tint, and the leaves have a light coating of adpressed silvery trichomes. The inflorescence is typical to Dyckias, orange flowers born on a panicle 18 to 24 inches tall. Native to central and northern Argentina, it is a relatively cold hardy species able to endure conditions down to freezing for short duration with little negative effect. Our plant came to us originally from the collection of the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens with their accession number of SEL 1994-0273, as Dyckia cf. floribunda.
Dyckia choristaminea hybrid
Yet unnamed, this Sharon Petersen hybrid ofDyckia choristamineaand an unreported otherDyckiaas pollen parent is a smaller grower. Compact rosettes of narrow, bronze/red leaves dusted with silvery white scurffing are about six inches across when mature. The leaves, though narrow, are wider than thechoristamineaparent, at about a quarter inch.
Dyckia dawsonii x choristaminea
A handsome hybrid with many narrow leaves bearing oversized but soft spines. Both parents have narrow leaves and the dawsonii parent has large spines. This hybrid shows characteristics of both. A pinkish-brown color with an overall wash of silver intensifies with strong light.
Dyckia delicata (possible hybrid)
One of the most stunningly beautiful of Dyckias with narrow arching silver leaves and massive, soft, comb-like spines in a graceful rosette. Newly published in only 2002, it is a narrow endemic species known from only one site in the southernmost Brazilian state of Rio Grade do Sul where it is native to basaltic rock outcrops in isolated mountainous interior. Our clone came to us from Constantino Gastaldi in adjacent Santa Catarina state, from seed produced in his private collection. Because the seed are from cultivated plants, he admonishes us that it is altogether possible that they are not pure delicata. However, in our seedling crop, all plants are consistent and all “look like” what a Dyckia delicata should look like at this stage.
A species discovered and named by Teresa Strehl from an area near the city of Porto Allegre in Rio Grande do Sul in the town of Dom Feliciano. It strongly resembles Dyckia hebdingii in general aspect with many leaves in a dense 12 inch rosette. The color is light green with a coating of silver trichomes. The marginal spines are short and serrate. In nature this plant lives on exposed rocky outcrops with little soil, in full sun.
Dyckia rariflora Leme #1848
A species of southern Brazil to Argentina. Clustering rosettes of coppery-green to glaucous leaves. Foliage is fairly narrow, stiff, recurving with few and fairly small and benign spines. Tolerates cool temps well, to below freezing for short duration, even to the low 20s. The inflorescence is short with many orange flowers. A nice showy plant for the outdoor rock garden and small and tame enough for pot culture.
Dyckia reitzii v. rubra (GH hybrid)
A green house hybrid, or in other words, a hybrid that occurred in cultivation, without knowledge of what the other parent was. Actually we thought we had produced a crop of straight reitzii, but by the time we got them into 4 inch pots, it was obvious that they were hybrids. Although Ray had hand pollinated the flowers each morning, it was soon obvious that some creature had beat us to them! The possibilities for a pollen parent are vast. The plants have since grown to show a wide variety of colors and characteristics from silver, red, green, scurffy, thick and thin and some have grown to fill 14 inch bulb pan pots. Eventually, some selections will be made and named.
Dyckia species Brazil
This plant came to us as a Dyckia species collected in Brazil but without any verifiable data. So, unfortunately we can only offer a physical description. The plant is about 8 inches across in a very leafy rosette with narrow, glossy, brownish or bronzy-green leaves. To me the plant resembles some natural hybrids of Dy. choristaminea that we have seen in Rio Grande do Sul, but there is no indication that this plant is from that region. A mystery but a nice plants nonetheless.
Dyckia species Campo Allegre DJC2104
This is an enigmatic Dyckia from an isolated site near Campos Allegre in the state of Santa Catarina, Brazil. In this area the forest is mainly that of Araucaria angustifolia, a prehistoric-looking giant that is now quite endangered. A hill rises from a forest clearing, covered with knee-high grasses and at the top, mostly flat rock outcrops that continually seep water. The rocks are coated with mosses and this moist environment is the home of a very odd Dyckia.
There are no other Dyckias nearby, not for many miles, but yet this colony on this rocky outcrop are extremely variable, with many different sizes, leaf widths and colors. Some are narrow leaved and graceful while others are more robust.
The plants appear to be a hybrid colony, but with what? From where? We collected seeds from several plants and now have a crop of variable seedlings, some with first blooms.
Dyckia species Segredo JN 2079
An as yet unidentified species of Dyckia from the area of Segregado in the state of Rio Grade do Sul, the southernmost state of Brazil. A very robust species with broad, succulent leaves that taper to a point. The color is glabrous green and bear very large marginal spines. It reaches about 12 to 18 inches across in a full, almost spherical rosette. The plant comes from central Rio Grande do Sul, an area of hills and rock outcrops, ideal for Dyckias. It is a temperate region with sub-tropical summers and cool winters.
Epiphyllum guatemalensis 'Monstrose'
A really unusual and decorative novelty. This epiphytic cactus from Central America has flattened, strap-like stems with deeply crenate margins. This monstrose form has stems that are twisted and curled in a most peculiar fashion. A night bloomer with three inch white flowers that are followed by large showy pink fruits about the size of ping-pong balls. Easy to grow and can be propagated from cuttings or as we prefer, by seed.
Note: This plant is on C.I.T.E.S. and can not be exported.
THIS PLANT IS ON C.I.T.E.S. AND CANNOT BE EXPORTED
A rare species of Northern Madagascar that is closely related to E. ankarensis but is seen to be more compact and with glabrous leaves in most adult plant. We note that most seedlings are very pubescent. An upright grower with a thick trunk-like caudex, crowned by oblong-lanceolate leaves, preceded by flowers at the apex. The cyathea are pinkish. Grow bright, out of direct sun.
THIS PLANT IS ON C.I.T.E.S. AND CANNOT BE EXPORTED
A highly decorative and unusual small geophyte from Madagascar. Twisted stems covered with prominent leaf scars bear thick leaves with wavy margins, colored in shades of green, brown and copper. A substantial caudex will form with time.
Our plant are seed grown from a controlled pollination.
A rare plant restricted to the slopes of Montagne des Francais, in Diego Suarez, northern Madagascar. A small, branching, shrubby species with thick, five sided stems to about a foot tall. The stem is marked by old leaf scars, with mottled green and brown bark and clusters of fine spines. Flowers are yellow and leaves, which emerge after flowering, are ‘paddle shaped’ and deep green.