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Paulo Minatel

Serra do Ibitipoca, Minas Gerais, SE Brazil

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Hi there!

Last week I went to the Serra do Ibitipoca, in Minas Gerais state, Brazil.

These highlands are home of four Drosera species (D. montana, D. tomentosa, D. communis, and the magnificent D. villosa) and also several species of Utricularia and some of Genlisea, which I couldn't found with flowers as it is the beginning of the winter down here and most species flowers during spring and summer.

Some photos:

Drosera communis

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Drosera montana

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Drosera villosa

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Drosera villosa and Utricularia reniformis

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Drosera tomentosa var. glabrata

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You can check all the photos here:

https://www.facebook...70251137&type=1

All the best,

Edited by Paulo Minatel
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Drosera villosa looks very similair to Drosera capensis. I wander if they are closely related, Brasil and South Africa where ones part of Gondwana so how knows.

Alexander

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Great pics, and a beautiful place too. I miss Ibitipoca! :)

Alex, it's convergence. D.villosa is most closely related with other tetraploid species from Brazil, but then this group is sister to the African group that includes D.capensis.

See this link showing the two species in the Drosera phylogeny.: http://www.amjbot.org/content/90/1/123/F1.expansion.html

Or this one: http://www.carnivorousplants.org/cp/EvolutionDrosera.php

Best wishes,

Fernando Rivadavia

P.S. Keep your eyes open for a publication on the D.villosa complex, hopefully over the next few months....

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Nice photos.I visited Ibitipoca on my last trip to Brazil, its a beautiful place. I'm currently thinking about a trip to Chapada Diamantina. Anyone any suggestions?

Thanks

S

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Stunning photos. Lovely to see them in habitat (as always).

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Simon, there are tons of beautiful spots to visit in the Chapada Diamantina, which is probably one of the most scenic areas of Brazil!

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