[pleurothallid-l] Natural growing conditions

marcus marcusadriana at mls.com.br
Sat Aug 2 12:06:56 EDT 2003

I have a small ranch in southeastern Brasil, about 20 acres of native 
rain forest of altitude, with araucaria trees, close to Atlantic coast. 
It's climate is cold for brasilian standards, having a minimum temp. of 
-3º C in winters and medium temp in summers +25ºC, > 2500mm rain well 
distributed annually, with misty mornings, 1000 m above sea  level, 
separated 20 miles from the sea by a mountainous sierra.
In the forest occour (I never say that the forest or the orchids are 
mine - they happen to be in my proprety)  plenty of native 
Pleurothallis, Octomeria, Maxilaria, Stelis, Barbosela, Masdevalia, 
Leptotes, Epidendrum, Zygophetalum. - I've counted up to now, in 8 
years, 50 different species - and some terrestrial too.
As soon as the rain and wind drop them from the trees my employee or I 
return them to the trees but at a sight level. I work 500 miles from my 
ranch so the only way to take care of them is to  let nature to take 
care of. I'm also introducing orchids that are native of  Brasil but 
only the ones that can stand that low winter temperature. I also take 
good care of fallen cactii,  bromeliads, ferns, etc.
There are plenty of native animals that one way or the other can be 
sometimes enemies or friends of the plants: there occur porcupines, 
squirrels, woodpeckers, big birds,  small bids,  thousands of insects, 
moluscs, batraquia and the microscopic world. My ranch stands close to a 
State owned park of about 200.000 acres and there is a constant exchange 
of seeds, birds and even a small deer.
Hope to exchange experiences for I intend in the future to disseminate 
these small beauties among neighbours and friends when I make my retirement.
Marcus Rezende
PS It has been very difficult to me to count on with local orchidophile 
to help me to classify them - the majotity say they are not specialist 
in this alliance. Also need
a good photographic machine with macro lens and a good teacher to teach 
me the adequante lightning, aperture, focus. So far as I could see 
that's another kind of art: :taking  photos of Pleurothallis.

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