SAN LOUIS POTOSI
A quick stop for TILLANDSIA PERRYI AND ECHEVERIA
AGAVOIDES. The Tillandsia is found
on a few, very steep cliffs, whereas the Echeveria is
found on more hospitable ground. The photo does not do justice to amount of
variation found in these populations.
TILLANDSIA PERRYI ECHEVERIA AGAVOIDES
THE STATES OF MORELOS AND MEXICO
HECHTIA MATUDAE AND TILLANDSIA SUSPERINSIGNIS
are found here on very steep cliffs. The form of TILLANDSIA PRODIGIOSA which is found
in this area grows epiphytically and is
much nicer and easier to grow than the form of this species which grows in Oaxaca. As is true of
many places in Mexico,
unusual species of orchids are also found here.
HECHTIA MATUDIAE TILLANDSIA SUPERINSIGNIS
T. SUPERINSIGNIS IN SUN TILLANDSIA PRODIGIOSA
ONCIDIUM UNGUICULATUM ? LAELIA AUTUMNALIS
CHIAPAS – WAY DOWN SOUTH
1. In the pine and oak forests, two large species ,TILLANDSIA EIZII AND TILLANDSIA PONDEROSA
are found along with other species of Tillandsia.
Unfortunately, these inflorescences are pulled from the plants to be used by
the local people for religious purposes.
TILLANDSIA PONDEROSA TILLANDSIA EIZII (this plant
is lucky in that it has not yet colored up and thus was not harvested by the
TILLANDSIA GUATAMALENSIS (Mexican Form)
Who needs flowers with leaves like this? !!!
2. Dry oak
forest with many other species. T.
EHLERSIANA is only found in one small area with very steep cliffs.
Many different forms of T. FASCICULATA are found in this state.
TILLANDSIA BUETELESPACHERI LAELIA RUBESCENS Semi-Alba
T. FASCICULATA with tarantula and
ants which were living inside it !!!!!
T. EHLERSIANA and companions. The
two bulls in the front may not look BIG but they are HUGE. The big one on the left walked right up to me and asked if I
had permission to be there. Luckily, I was able to BS him before I got on the
other side of the fence.
3. SUMIDERO CANYON
Do you want TILLANDSIA JUERG-RUTSCHMANNII? No problem!
Just climb over the side. For reference, the small white
streak in the river is a power boat to pick you up when you fall.
A nice temperate climate and lots of
Possible new species of CERATOZAMIA NOTYLIA -Orchid
SKIPPER BUTTERFLY Any time is the right time for
is a big place with thousands of specialized habitats. There are deserts to
cloud forests and everything in between. Over the last thirty years, I have
been all over Oaxaca
and there still are many places to go and things to see. All of the following
(and several more not shown here) are from this last trip only.
– A limestone mountain with several endemics.
AGAVE GUINGOLA AND HECHTIA SP– This beautiful HECHTIA
almost killed me. I know it looks
like you can just reach out and pick them
but it is much farther to walk than
it looks and the terrain is very difficult.
Here I just ran out of steam and thought I would not be able
to walk back
Close up of HECHTIA above. Flowering tree
in leafless condition.
2. Some areas not too for from the above.
Another species of HECHTIA with thick succulent leaves and
colored scales. All forms of this
species are BEAUTIFUL.
A close up of a silver form of the HECHTIA above. This
AGAVE SPECIES is (so far as
known) only found in this one canyon.
The plant is completely inaccessible. I did find one that
fell down but it was too
far gone to survive.
3. Tehuacan and surrounding
TILLANDSIA TOMASELLII TILLANDSIA ROSEOSCAPA AND
MORE BEAUTIFUL HECHTIA SPECIES
The one on the right is a dwarf. Notice the coin which is
about in inch wide.
4. El Bocaron
We found Tillandsia tonalaensis here as well as a few other species.
At the bottom of the canyon it is very moist but the walls
The Tillandsia on the right looks
like something that should grow in Peru.
These are the daunting cliffs of San Mateo where TILLANDSIA ATROVIOLACEA,
TILLANDSIA PENASCOENSIS and LAELIA
I asked a local to go up there and get them. He told me that
even his goats fall off there and I would have to do
Do you see Tillandsia atroviolacea and Laelia albida at the top of the
photo on the right? If you look
hard, you can see the pink inflorescence of
on the photo on the left too. I did not realize this species got
so large and am glad I went to the
trouble to get them.
This woman who could not speak
Spanish, does not have things easy.
She is cooking dinner outside and in addition to feeding
herself and her
husband, she has to feed four
children. Two of her children are shown in
their one room house on the right.
The beautiful Cascada Esmeralda
shown next to a nearby area which was once a
lush oak forest but was converted to a wasteland
by the ancient Mixteca people.
Not all indigenous peoples knew how to take care of their
We found the beautiful Tillandsia mixtecorum here, near the waterfall.
TILLANDSIA RHODOCEPHALA TILLANDSIA CAPITATA RUBRA
HECHTIA NUUSAVIORUM (RED) AND AN
(GRAY) ON THE SAME WALL AS AN UNIDENTIFIED AGAVE SPECIES.
TILLANDSIA FASCICULATA (PINK LEAVES – LEFT)
TILLANDSIA SPECIES (RIGHT)
TILLANDSIA SPECIES LAELIA FURFURACEA
BUTTERFLIES DRINKING IN MUD MAN IN MUD AFTER DRINKING
ON MY BED IN MEXICO, ARE THE TWO MEXICAN LADIES
WHO SLEPT WITH ME WHEN I WAS NOT OUT LOOKING FOR PLANTS