Orchids forum: Plants and Fruits of Lima, Peru

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Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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Garden Photography Region: United States of America Roses Tropicals Region: Florida Orchids
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hawkarica
Aug 29, 2014 2:39 PM CST
Lima is on a dessert and it never rains there. That doesn't stop it from being humid and fog laden. It is winter there now and no sun was to be seen through the dense overcast and fog. Temps were in the 50s and 60s consistently and this damp cold kept me in a jacket the entire time. Since the summer highs rarely reach the mid 80s, no central heat or A/C is in the homes and buildings so there is no place to warm up or take a break from the constant chill.

Many of the plants there are found in Florida. Since it never freezes, many tropical palms only found in the Miami area will grow there if irrigated. Here is a look at some plants that caught my interest:

Cycads:
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This 10 foot high plant behind a wall is a mystery to me. Perhaps a dasylirion?
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A famous ancient olive grove.
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Old eucalyptus trees
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I found a nice park with some trees labeled.
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I think these flat top jobbers are Poinciana trees
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Flowers anyone?
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Local fruit and veggie stores. Note the black corn used in making a popular drink called chicha.
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Enough for now. I'll close with this lovely dancer.
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Jim
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
The one constant in life is change
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dyzzypyxxy
Aug 29, 2014 3:28 PM CST
Fabulous, Jim. I love those gnarly trees. Not to mention the rockin' hat on your beautiful dancer.
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
Charter ATP Member Hibiscus Birds Bromeliad Greenhouse Master Gardener: Florida
Garden Photography Region: United States of America Roses Tropicals Region: Florida Orchids
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hawkarica
Aug 29, 2014 3:37 PM CST
We went to a seaside brunch at the Costa Verde restaurant on a Sunday and they had a show going on. This young lovely was part of the show. Here is a little more of it.
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Jim
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Aug 29, 2014 7:01 PM CST

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Jim, I love your pictures! Beautiful shapes on those old trees, so interesting. And you did a really nice job posting the trees with their labels! Thumbs up
Did you try some Chicha? Klaus tasted some at a local market years ago in Peru - I remember a whole bunch of guys sitting around lady with a vat full of the fermented stuff and sipping and laughing.

Great markets!

Must have been tough to sit down when this music was going on! Thumbs up
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
The one constant in life is change
Cat Lover Master Gardener: Florida Tropicals Multi-Region Gardener Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
Herbs Orchids Birds Garden Ideas: Level 2 Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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dyzzypyxxy
Aug 29, 2014 7:15 PM CST
That looks like it was a really fun show!

Hm, Jim I wonder if the 10ft. high mystery plant could be a ponytail palm? I have one that's nearly that tall.

Too bad you couldn't see if there's a bulb at the base, huh?
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
Charter ATP Member Hibiscus Birds Bromeliad Greenhouse Master Gardener: Florida
Garden Photography Region: United States of America Roses Tropicals Region: Florida Orchids
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hawkarica
Aug 30, 2014 10:42 AM CST
It didn't look like a ponytail to me, Elaine. It is too thin and neat for one. The top looked more like a dracena.

Did I mention the food?
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There is no official botanical garden here which I thought is strange. We did find a very nice plant nursery and I enjoyed walking around looking at their offerings.
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Jim
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Aug 30, 2014 1:37 PM CST

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I always like the local nurseries, you do get an idea what grows in that area and what people are into. Very nice!

Those spreads look so delicious!!! I would have enjoyed them very much too!! 🍮🍦🍨🍧🎂🍰🍪.......
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
The one constant in life is change
Cat Lover Master Gardener: Florida Tropicals Multi-Region Gardener Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
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dyzzypyxxy
Sep 1, 2014 9:17 AM CST
Mmm hmmm, me too. Chocolate petit fours, what a treat! I always make for the nurseries when we visit somewhere else, too. It's hard though, to not be able to buy anything to bring home.

Here's a pic of my ponytail for comparison to your mystery plant above, Jim. Mine's pretty tidy, although I rarely comb it. Big Grin I do remove the dead leaves occasionally. (remember Laurel combing the petals of her Bulbo. Medusa? Hilarious! )
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Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
Charter ATP Member Hibiscus Birds Bromeliad Greenhouse Master Gardener: Florida
Garden Photography Region: United States of America Roses Tropicals Region: Florida Orchids
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hawkarica
Sep 1, 2014 9:51 AM CST
Your ponytail certainly looks more like it than the behemoths I'm growing here. Mine are about 20 feet tall and the trunk is way bigger than the one in Peru. Check out these pics.

Jim
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Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
Charter ATP Member Hibiscus Birds Bromeliad Greenhouse Master Gardener: Florida
Garden Photography Region: United States of America Roses Tropicals Region: Florida Orchids
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hawkarica
Sep 1, 2014 11:04 AM CST
I forgot to respond to Ursula's question about Chicha. I'm quite familiar with this drink, both the soft and hard varieties. You can buy packages of instant chicha mix at certain grocery stores in Tampa. Not the same as the freshly made but refreshing nonetheless. It is hard to find the black corn to make a fresh batch here. In restaurants there, you can order either type by the glass or pitcher.

Jim
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Sep 1, 2014 11:18 AM CST
Fun photographs, thank you for posting them. Smiling Thumbs up I tip my hat to you.
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
Charter ATP Member Hibiscus Birds Bromeliad Greenhouse Master Gardener: Florida
Garden Photography Region: United States of America Roses Tropicals Region: Florida Orchids
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hawkarica
Sep 1, 2014 12:12 PM CST
You're welcome Debra, I'm glad you enjoyed them. Also, welcome to the orchid thread. I hope to see you here often.

Jim
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
The one constant in life is change
Cat Lover Master Gardener: Florida Tropicals Multi-Region Gardener Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
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dyzzypyxxy
Sep 1, 2014 12:27 PM CST
My ponytail is a starving orphan compared to your big, lush ones. It's about 6ft. from the base of a huge oak, and gets no direct sun or TLC from me except maybe a bit of fert when I treat the Heliconias in that bed. Bet those ones in your Lima picture are in pots and probably starving like mine.

Both yours and mine have summer growth going on now, hence the crazy 'punk rocker' topknots. I think in winter mine would look more like your mystery plant.
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
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Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
Charter ATP Member Hibiscus Birds Bromeliad Greenhouse Master Gardener: Florida
Garden Photography Region: United States of America Roses Tropicals Region: Florida Orchids
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hawkarica
Sep 1, 2014 12:54 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Starving orphans.

Jim
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
Charter ATP Member Spiders! Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Pennsylvania Greenhouse Cactus and Succulents
Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Ponds Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Region: New Jersey
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Ursula
Sep 1, 2014 1:02 PM CST

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Ah, thanks Jim, regarding Chicha! Smiling

Behemoth? Those are some huge monsters! Thumbs up
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
Charter ATP Member Hibiscus Birds Bromeliad Greenhouse Master Gardener: Florida
Garden Photography Region: United States of America Roses Tropicals Region: Florida Orchids
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hawkarica
Sep 1, 2014 3:18 PM CST
A couple of additional pics just to finish up the trip. I did mention we were going to a wedding.
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The couple we stayed with.
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How to get around town expeditiously.
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The local black crowned night heron:
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Good friends and memories:
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Jim
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
Charter ATP Member Spiders! Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Pennsylvania Greenhouse Cactus and Succulents
Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Ponds Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Region: New Jersey
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Ursula
Sep 1, 2014 3:33 PM CST

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What a beautiful couple! Very nice pictures.
I like those vehicles, I am reminded of the Tuk-tuks in Thailand! Smiling

This looks like it has been a most wonderful trip, Jim!
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Sep 1, 2014 3:41 PM CST
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