Winter 2008 Expedition To Southern Mexico

by Guy Wrinkle


A Thirty Day And Several Thousand Kilometer Trip To Many Areas In Southern Mexico

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 local people).

 

 

 

 

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.

 

                                           VERACRUZ

A nice temperate climate and lots of forest.

 

 

Possible new species of CERATOZAMIA       NOTYLIA -Orchid

 

 

SKIPPER BUTTERFLY                     Any time is the right time for a drink!

 

 

                                     OAXACA

Oaxaca 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.

 

1.Sierra Guiengola – 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

 to the car.

 

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 variously

colored scales. All forms of this species are BEAUTIFUL.

 

 

A close up of a silver form of the HECHTIA above. This extremely beautiful

 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 areas

TILLANDSIA TOMASELLII             TILLANDSIA ROSEOSCAPA AND

                                                              AGAVE STRICTA

 

           TWO MORE BEAUTIFUL HECHTIA SPECIES

The one on the right is a dwarf. Notice the coin which is about in inch wide.

 

 

4. El Bocaron

PINGUICULA SPECIES                  TILLANDSIA SPECIES

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 are dry.

The Tillandsia on the right looks like something that should grow in Peru.

 

5.San Mateo

 

These are the daunting cliffs of San Mateo where TILLANDSIA ATROVIOLACEA,

TILLANDSIA PENASCOENSIS and LAELIA ALBIDA grow.

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 it myself!

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

T. atroviolacea 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.

 

6. Yosondua

 

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 land.

We found the beautiful Tillandsia mixtecorum here, near the waterfall.

 

 

 

TILLANDSIA RHODOCEPHALA         TILLANDSIA CAPITATA RUBRA

 

HECHTIA  NUUSAVIORUM (RED) AND AN UNIDENTIFIED HECHTIA

(GRAY) ON THE SAME WALL AS AN UNIDENTIFIED AGAVE SPECIES.

 

 

TILLANDSIA FASCICULATA (PINK LEAVES – LEFT)

TILLANDSIA SPECIES (RIGHT)

 

 

 

TILLANDSIA SPECIES                  LAELIA FURFURACEA

 

                                          A FEW MORE PHOTOS

 

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


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