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Etching 4 Morro do Gravier from Martius's Flora Brasiliensis 1840. Thanks to Lehigh U., Special Collections ! Color by C. Miranda Chor

In front Carolinea tomentosa binds your gaze with its magnificent foliage; Carolina tomentosa from Martius's Flora Brasiliensis 1840. Thanks to Lehigh U., Special Collections ! Color by C. Miranda Chorthe variously bent branches of this little tree, which deserves note for the circumference of its short, twisted trunk, hold out to the sun large and splendid leaves that grow in groups of seven. It is remarkable how much we are held fast by the view of Vellozia aloaefolia, whose forked trunks, scorched at the bottom by the burning of the fields, bear at their branches' ends bundles of long, sword-shaped leaves, among which appear large, blue flowers. Only a few animals abide in this lovely and most delightful garden of plants. From time to time you will come upon that wonderful bird which the inhabitants call Seriema (Dicholophus cristatus); these birds fly across the deserted region in small groups, andbestow a great benefit upon unknowing mortals by hunting poisonous snakes that pose extreme danger to human beings.

#4b of 42 expedition commentaries