Doug Binns spoke on the Bromeliads of
the Serra do Espinhaço.
The Espinhaço Mountain range runs north-south for 1,100km in eastern Brazil. Highest peak is 2,070m.
It contains a lot of endemic plants, many unique. The East Atlantic Forrest is to the east, although only 10% remains, after many years of regular bush fires and farming.
This is a typical habitat that contains Billbergia amoena:
Cottendorfia has only one species, C. florida and is endemic to the range.
Dyckia are common, and these might be Dyckia mezzi:
Small green Dyckia ?name:
Encholirium: entire genus is endemic to north eastern Brazil
growing exclusively in arid, rocky conditions.
Encholirium spectabile (in habitat):
Encholirium magalhaesii seems to flourish here.
The bloom has poor petals, is mostly stamens.
Encholirium scrutor is fairly common, rarely seen in bloom, only 5cm across.
Encholirium viridocentrum (habitat and closeup)
Encholirium pulchrum is the largest of bell-shaped Encholiriums.
This spike is 1m tall
Forzzaea leopoldo-horstii was a cryptanthus.
Cryptanthus were reclassified to Forzzaea in 2017.
Hohenbergia magnispina: some are green, others purple.
They grow on rock faces in full sun.
Note the albomaginated form (aka Karla) presented by John Smits (below).
Hohenbergia utriculosa (resembles correia-araujoi ) and pennae
(pic below shows both)
Hoplocrypanthus aff. knegtianus:
Lapanthus duartei with fab bloom below:
Lapanthus itambensis plant and bloom:
Actinocephalus polycephalus (non bromeliad):
Orthophytum diamantinense habitat & closeup red:
and some wildlife (anteater):
Thanks Doug for an entertaining adventure to Eastern Brazil.