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« on: August 11, 2012, 04:44:04 »

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Here are some snaps from my Colombian travels this year. We started in Bogota and headed down into the Magdalena River Valley, then up the Central Range over into the Cauca River valley and up and over the Western Range to the Pacific slope, some of the wettest areas in the world. From there back over the central range and over the Eastern  and down the slope headed towards the Amazon/ Orinoco. We did over 3000km in 12 days so really crazy travelling but managed to see 41 Heliconia sp or Hybrids of which 2 new sp and 2 new Hybrids. Also saw some nice Broms and some are turning out to be new as well. Lots of the Colombian sp were described long ago so there is a botanical description and line drawing if you are lucky plus a herbarium specimen. Makes working out ID's tough. Some of my images will make their way onto the FCBS site when they are identified on Flora Pix.

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Tillandsia fendleri Pink



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Tillandsia schultzei



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Heliconia sp. nov Yarumal- Valdivia



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Heliconia signa-hispanica described 30 years ago and never cultivated to my knowledge



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Pitcairnia sp. ? we saw last year happily flowering again this year. Now being cultivated in Colombia.



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The Serrania de San Lucas a completely unexplored region which has been a stronghold of guerrillas in the recent past. Near Cimitarra in Santander, the road we travelled had 8 sp. of Heliconia described back in the early 80s. Amazing diversity for one slope and elevation change.


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At the top of the hill. I'm guessing T. fendleri again Walter Till suggested that one day someone will split this complex into a heap of new sp. as they vary in their huge range from Colombia to Bolivia. We saw an orange clone but I can't find the snap at the moment.



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These are some of the highest occurring palms a Geonoma sp. growing at something like 3500m. I was taken by the Tillandsia sp. growing on the trunks.

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« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2012, 07:20:07 »

Great photos Bruce. Thanks for sharing. Sounds like a world wind trip.
Those Geonoma palms with the Tills on them look amazing. I really like that Heliconia signa-hispanica it's a beauty. Was that at some elevation. Would love to grow that some day.

Keep them coming when you have time.

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« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2012, 07:31:11 »

Was this the HSI post-tour, Bruce?  Very nice.  Why do you suppose H. signa-hispanica has never been cultivated?  It's a beauty alright.  I love the Geonoma pic with the Tillies too.  What a showy species!   
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« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2012, 19:36:06 »

Exceptional, thanks Bruce.
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« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2012, 00:43:41 »

Amazing, goodonya Bruce.
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« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2012, 02:26:34 »

Hi All

This trip was before the Heliconia conference. The post trip was to areas we went to last year around Cali and up to Medellin.
H signa-hispanica was growing at mid elevation for Heliconia so should be easy to cultivate in the tropics. We collected seed and some was offered in the auction as well as some staying in Panama. Other sp. seed was sold to people from good growing regions like Puerto Rico, Brasil etc. so hopefully with pollinators it will make is't way around the world to other growers.

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« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2012, 02:52:52 »

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Guzmania rosea in bud



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Guzmania sp. ? at elevation along the San Jose del Palmar rd. My favourite locality for Guzmania sp



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Chiva. Ships of the forest.


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Brachycylix vagleri One of the most amazing flowering trees I've ever seen. Native to the Magdalena Medio.



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Top of the Cimitarra- Velez Rd. Santander
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« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2012, 04:49:50 »

Wonderful photos.  I like the range in T. Fendleri's morphology and color.  That last photo, with the red coloring from being in more than usual tropical sunlight, just cool.  These pics make me want to hit the cloud forest trails again.  I wish that i could grow Guz. squarossa!  (just too dry here). Thanks for posting.
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« Reply #8 on: August 12, 2012, 06:38:39 »

Is Brachycylix in cultivation at all?  That is fabulous! 
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« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2012, 10:51:07 »

Hi Lisa

I don't think it has been cultivated judging by the interest around the world. The blue Amherstia!. It was one of those serendipitous moments on the road, if we had have been there a week before we would have missed it completely.

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« Reply #10 on: August 12, 2012, 18:24:53 »

Great stuff Bruce!  It is always nice to see cool Guzmanias as most people just grumble about the commercially available stuff.  All of those 'soft' green Tillandsioideae are cool but hard to grow (and find) here in our region.  But fantastic to see in habitat!  That tree sure is also a winner.
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« Reply #11 on: August 12, 2012, 21:39:07 »


The blue Amherstia!


My first thought was an arboreal Cochleostema.  But yeah, throw in some Amherstia and a bit of Thunbergia...  Roll Eyes

 



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« Reply #12 on: August 13, 2012, 07:58:52 »

The new frontier! Excellent, Bruce, even the non-brom plants are brilliant.
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« Reply #13 on: August 16, 2012, 23:53:45 »

Hi Bruce,

Fantastic!  Thanks a lot for sharing them.  What a brilliant trip.

Cheers, Paul
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