Paulo Minatel Posted December 19, 2011 Report Share Posted December 19, 2011 Hello all, As you must have seen in this fantastic report by Andreas - http://www.cpukforum.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=44386 - five new Genlisea species from Brazil had just been described by Andreas Fleischmann, Fernando Rivadavia and myself. One of this new species is the rare Genlisea nebulicola, a small species endemic to the Serra da Canastra region in Minas Gerais State, SE Brazil. This species was first discovered by a friend of Fernando, and, before March of this year this species had been collected for herbarium only once by Fernando in 1999. As we had only that "old" material to study and describe this species, a new trip to that region was necessary so we could have more material for the species' description. So, by the end of March I went on a trip to Serra da Canastra to collect new material and try to find new populations of this rare taxon. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any new population, but only the one already known. So here are the first digital photos of this unique plant! :) The plants grow at the base of one of the highest waterfalls in Brazil, the Casca d`Anta waterfall with 186 m high. It is possible to see and hear the waterfall even several km away: The Casca d`Anta waterfall. Getting closer Growing between mosses over the rocks close to the waterfall I found some rosettes – there it was! The rare Genlisea nebulicola! Take pictures of these plants was a real challenge since the spray from the waterfall was so strong that the lens of my camera was constantly wet! The spray is so strong that nothing grows on the side of the rocks that faces the waterfall, but only on the other side. With the hand as a scale, so you can have an idea of how small the plants are As you can see, the very short flower scapes bear really few flowers The first flower I found wasn’t opened yet… All other flowers I found were completely enveloped by water droplets due to the constant spray from the waterfall A plant with fruits Of the really few flowering plants, this one was certainly the most photogenic! A really nice photograph of this beautiful plant! “nebulicola” means “adhered to clouds”, and I think that this photograph show quite well why we chose this name for this species! Finally, a general view of the rocks ate the base of the Casca d’Anta waterfall. As soon as I turned the camera toward the waterfall to take this picture, the lens got completely wet! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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