A website dedicated to
the popularization and
conservation of the species
of the Cactaceae family
that occur in Brazil
The Brazilian Cacti Project!
I intend to make this a central place on the
Internet that gathers information about the Brazilian species of cacti,
and on the environment where these species occur. Here anyone will be able
to find information about our native plants.
What exactly does this site intends to contain?
The site will also deal with the Brazilian ecosystems
and vegetation domains such as Caatinga, Cerrado, etc.
Description of the Brazilian cacti, including:
Morphology - external view of the plants:
Shape of the body
Habit of the plant
Description of the flowers
Physiology - how the plants function:
Adaptations to the environment
Timing of the plants
Anatomy - internal view of the plants
Classification of the native plants within the
Ecology of each species - relationships with the
Micro-climatic conditions of their habitats:
Conditions for blooming
Strategies for pollination
Strategies for seed dispersal
Conditions of germination of the seeds and establishment
of the seedlings
Associated life forms such as:
Seed dispersal agents
Parasitic or symbiotic organisms
Distribution of the species in the Brazilian territory
Threats to, and conservation status of, the plants
As you can see, this is an ambitious project
that will take a long time to complete. However, it can be built little
by little, with the help of interested people - like you!
The main goal of this Web site is to describe
the native Brazilian species of cacti, their habitats, distribution, etc.
with the aim of advancing conservation of wild populations. I want to alert
the people of my country that these cacti can, and very well may, disappear
unless we address these concerns now. I also want to instill in them the
desire to cultivate these plants and to take a personal, active role in
conserving their habitats. At the same time, I want to inform the International
Community of these same things.
I want to make this site the center for the
study and dissemination of information concerning Brazilian Cacti. In order
to do this, I need your help and assistance. You are invited to contribute
any information, texts, articles, images, etc. that relate to Brazilian
cacti. Please help me make this site excellent in every respect!
You can find, among the miscellaneous pages
in this site not directly related with the Brazilian cacti, a page with
a description of the pictured cacti in the logo
of the The Brazilian Cacti Project site, a
page with a little of information about myself,
and a page where I acknowledge all
the people that are helping me with the construction of this site.
In order to become familiar with Brazilian
cacti, you will need some information about Brazil itself:
Now, the Brazilian Cacti:
Some useful links
Cephalic Cacti - marvelous site maintained by my good friend, Mr. James
Pickering, another cactophile addicted to Brazilian cacti. His site provides
numerous photos of his cultivated plants, plus invaluable tips regarding
the cultivation of genera like Melocactus, Discocactus, Buiningia, Arrojadoa,
Micranthocereus, Austrocephalocereus, Coleocephalocereus, and other non-cephalioid
Brazilian cacti. You need to spend some time there!
Faint's Cactus page - Mark Faint created an excellent site dedicated
to the genus Notocactus - of which some species are Brazilian. Pay a visit
to his site, and enjoy the information given there!
and Succulent Plant Mall - an Internet resource maintained by Dr. Tony
Mace, that gathers hundreds of links to cacti-related pages in the Web.
An invaluable reference site!
Y.'s Cacti Room - the home-page of my friend Kazuya Yamane, a Japanese
cactophile, the talented artist that drew the The Brazilian
Cacti Project logo!
DIGEST, The how-to-grow publication for lovers of succulent plants.
The Dutch-Belgian Society of Cactus and Succulent Amateurs.