Tuesday, April 24, 2007


Just to the left of the entrance to Bosque Santa Lucia there are many kalanchoe plants (the genus is also Kalanchoe). So many, it would appear they were planted there. Given that they are concentrated mostly in this area, which would have been the yard of an old house long ago torn down, it's possible that the original had indeed been planted there. There are many different varieties of kalanchoe in the world but evidently only this one here in South America, which is Kalanchoe pinnatum. The local names in Portuguese are pirarucu (the name of the large scaled fish of the Amazon) and folha grossa (thick leaf). The medicinal properties of the plant are rather remarkable. For more details go to http://www.rain-tree.com/coirama.htm

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