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« Reply #15 on: January 23, 2011, 00:19:03 »

I am also amazed you found that exact spot again Andy! Terrific to see them again a year later. If ever I decide to go plant collecting in the wild, I'm taking you with me so I don't get lost! - and so you can climb those trees and hang off cliffs...

Looks like you won the argument after all.  Wink

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« Reply #16 on: January 23, 2011, 02:01:23 »

Ha ha.  Yeah, I made sure that I didn't point that fact out on the hike (in a surprising flash of tact Tongue).
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« Reply #17 on: November 15, 2011, 05:00:31 »

Well, time flies...take a look at the little buggers now!

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« Reply #18 on: November 16, 2011, 01:33:28 »

So we went further on the hike up the mountain today.  I was hoping to get up to the rock faces which might have some Hechtias or some of the U. tuitensis, but we were tired and again were running out of light...okay, we were making sure we could make it back to order some pizzas to celebrate the 6th anniversary of the opening of the Vallarta Botanical Gardens.  Hopefully tomorrow we will got up a different road that I might find the other, narrow-leafed form of U. tuitensis and get up to the other rock faces that might have some Hechtias (I know they are around here somewhere in Jalisco!).

But anyways we went past this rock again and I thought I would get a better photo of the seedlings.  I still can't believe how much they have grown in about 1.5 years.

Okay...the margaritas are pretty strong, so no more posts for today...
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« Reply #19 on: November 17, 2011, 06:09:59 »

Andy,

I hope the margaritas have treated you well - maybe you should take those little fellas some osmocote when you trek up there next.

Here's an update on how mine are going:

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« Reply #20 on: June 14, 2012, 07:29:28 »

Figured I'd give another update picture.  Not much growth over the dry season (surprise!).

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« Reply #21 on: June 14, 2012, 07:55:32 »

Still going strong though, Andy. Thanks for the update.

And what of the single seedling overtaking the orchid? Or did the margaritas inhibit your navigational antennae?  Roll Eyes

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« Reply #22 on: June 14, 2012, 16:55:09 »

Ha ha, they are (well, were) only a foot or so away on the same boulder.  In the end both the orchid and the bracteata lost they race.  I forget which trip it was, but they were gone a while ago.

This time I was really worried about all of them.  The local farmers had burned the area (the dead leaves and understory brush).  I am assuming they thought that the burst of potassium would help the grassy stuff grow for their cattle.  But the soil is a decomposed granite base, so as soon as it rains it is all just going to wash away.  A real shame.

So as I was hiking up to the area I had a sick feeling in my stomach as all epiphytes and lythophytes were scorched (if not outright burned completely).  Only some of the dormant Pitcairnias on the very top of larger boulders and epiphytes above ~15-20 feet survived.  These seedlings are on the side of a boulder only ~3 feet off the ground.  Fortunately the fire had died out just a little before this boulder.  Otherwise it would have been a much more disappointing update.

When I get a chance I'll add some pictures of the burned area...
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« Reply #23 on: June 14, 2012, 22:06:32 »

Hi everyone,

Andy - Yet again you stun us with another amazing set of pic's of brom's in habitat. It's just so fantastic to see these things, and more so for those of us that will never have the chance to ever see the "real thing" in the wild. Thanks so much for sharing them with us, and keep up the great work.

All the best, Nev.
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