Well the excitement is over. The trip to Brazil has happened and is now in the past. The drawing kit so laboriously assembled was used only once! However, in my defence, the time was so action packed that I rarely had time to sit down for any length of time to do any drawing. My eyes were in constant action though, as was my camera, I filled my memory card (note to self: next time take two) and ran down the batteries twice. What a magnificent country for plant lovers, and I only visited the states of Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Parana & Rio Grande de Sul (please excuse spelling errors).
Highlights of the plants seen:
A Brazil Nut tree – the nuts grow on the trunk (I did not know that).
A Cashew Nut fruit – the nuts grow in the top of the fruit and the fruit smells exquisite and tastes rubbish.
Auricaria Angustifolia (Pinheiro Brasiileiro) – the trees reach the sky and look like lollipops.
Orchids – saw some in Rio Botanical Garden, they had sort of left me cold before, but there were some stonkers here.
A row of Imperial Palms (Roystonea oleracea) in the Botanical Gardens of Rio de Janeiro
I visited the botanical gardens of Rio de Janeiro and Curitiba and have made the resolution in all future travels to always track down and visit the local botanical garden. In fact, my travels in future might be driven by the desire to visit the botanical garden.
Also visited the magical garden of Roberto Burle Marx wonderful garden and house full of beauty.