MATA ATLÂNTICA
Brazil

Mata Atlantica Mata Atlantica

Dear viewer,

A forest is a living laboratory where the fauna and flora are under a permanent and formidable test of survival. In fact, it is sustained by a fragile equilibrium of the elements. The images that follow are a mere glimpse of the richest and most endangered habitats on earth: the forests of eastern coastal Brazil. Simply put, the Mata Atlântica or Rain Forests.

The diversity of the flora is such that scientists speak of "the highest percentages of endemism in the world: over 50% of the tree species (Mori et al. 1981) and 92% of the amphibians (Lynch 1979) are found nowhere else in the world". (Northeastern Atlantic Coastal Forest Project Projeto Mata Atlântica Nordeste - Wm. Wayt Thomas and André M. Amorim).

Little is left of the original Mata Atlântica. Less than 8%. A biological disaster of enormous proportion to mankind. In spite of the local and international uproar, devastation goes on year after year. We are destroying what we are unable to create. A legacy of ignorance and arrogance towards our most valuable resource, the ecosystem.

Bromeliads are generous creatures. They supply food and shelter for other forms of life. And so are the sponsors and contributors of this site. Our gratitude to the Florida Council of Bromeliad Societies for their generosity in sharing with all of us this precious knowledge.

Photos are best viewed with a monitor resolution of 1024x768 pixels and with low luminosity in the room. So dim your lights and take your time examining carefully each shot. May you find some peace and joy.

Thank you, Oscar

Bromeliário Imperialis - Rio de Janeiro, June 2006.


More information on the Mata Atlântica :

- http://www.biodiversityhotspots.org/xp/Hotspots/atlantic_forest/

- http://www.nybg.org/bsci/res/bahia/Bahia.html


Images

Aechmea bambusoides
Aechmea
bambusoides
Aechmea candida
Aechmea
candida
Aechmea nudicaulis
Aechmea
nudicaulis
Aechmea phaneropheblia
Aechmea
phaneropheblia
Aechmea pineliana
Aechmea
pineliana
 
Alcantarea geniculata
Alcantarea
geniculata
Alcantarea imperialis
Alcantarea
imperialis
Alcantarea imperialis variegata
Alcantarea
imperialis variegata
Alcantarea odorata
Alcantarea
odorata
Alcantarea odorata
Alcantarea
odorata
 
Alcantarea odorata
Alcantarea
odorata
Aranha
Aranha
Arvore com nudicaulis
Arvore com
nudicaulis
Arvore com nudicaulis
Arvore com
nudicaulis
Arvore com nudicaulis
Arvore com
nudicaulis
 
Arvore inclinada
Arvore inclinada
Arvore na mata
Arvore na mata
Besouro
Besouro
Besouro colorido
Besouro
colorido
Besouro colorido
Besouro
colorido
 
Billbergia amoena
Billbergia
amoena
Billbergia amoena
Billbergia
amoena
Billbergia euphimiae
Billbergia
euphimiae
Billbergia euphimiae
Billbergia
euphimiae
Billbergia euphimiae
Billbergia
euphimiae
 
Billbergia pyramidalis
Billbergia
pyramidalis
Billbergia sanderiana
Billbergia
sanderiana
Borboleta amarela
Borboleta
amarela
Borboleta azul
Borboleta
azul
Butterfly - first fly
Butterfly
first fly
 
Caminhos-Paths
Caminhos-Paths
Canistropsis exigua
Canistropsis
exigua
Canistrum triangulare
Canistrum
triangulare
Circle of life
Circle of life
Cobra verde
Cobra verde
 
Cogumelo vermelho
Cogumelo
vermelho
Dicksoniana
Dicksoniana
Dicksoniana
Dicksoniana
Dicksoniana
Dicksoniana
Embauba
Embauba
 
Epidendrum allemanii
Epidendrum
allemanii
Epidendrum allemanii
Epidendrum
allemanii
Epidendrum variegatum
Epidendrum
variegatum
Esperança
Esperança
Flor amarela
Flor amarela
 
Flor azul
Flor azul
Flor da mata
Flor da mata
Flores
Flores
Flores
Flores
Folha da vida
Folha da vida
 
Folhas na pedra
Folhas na pedra
Framboesa
Framboesa
Gafanhoto verde
Gafanhoto verde
Gomesa crispa
Gomesa crispa
Gorducha
Gorducha
 
Grilo
Grilo
Grilo na folha
Grilo na folha
Heliconea
Heliconea
Heliconea
Heliconea
Heliconea
Heliconea
 
Heliconea
Heliconea
Inseto
Inseto
Jararaca
Jararaca
Lagarto
Lagarto
Lagarto dourado
Lagarto dourado
 
Libélula
Libélula
Líquen
Líquen
Líquen
Líquen
Líquen vermelho
Líquen vermelho
Listradinho
Listradinho
 
Mata
Mata
Mata
Mata
Mata
Mata
Mata
Mata
Mata
Mata
 
Mata
Mata
Mata
Mata
Mata
Mata
Miltonia clowesii
Miltonia clowesii
Mosca
Mosca
 
Mosquito
Mosquito
Mulungu
Mulungu
Neoregelia chlorosticta
Neoregelia
chlorosticta
Nidularium
Nidularium
Nidularium fulgens
Nidularium
fulgens
 
Nidularium fulgens
Nidularium
fulgens
Peq flores
Peq flores
Perereca com ovos
Perereca com ovos
Perereca na Vriesea
Perereca na Vriesea
Pitcairnia flammea
Pitcairnia
flammea
 
Portea grandiflora
Portea
grandiflora
Quesnelia arvensis
Quesnelia
arvensis
Quesnelia arvensis
Quesnelia
arvensis
Quesnelia edmundoi
Quesnelia
edmundoi
Quesnelia marmorata
Quesnelia
marmorata
 
Quesnelia seideliana
Quesnelia
seideliana
Riacho do Caramujo
Riacho do Caramujo
Ronnbergia
Ronnbergia
Samambaias
Samambaias
Tillandsia gardneri
Tillandsia
gardneri
 
Tillandsia mallemontii
Tillandsia
mallemontii
Tillandsia tenuiflolia
Tillandsia
tenuiflolia
Tillandsia tricholepis
Tillandsia
tricholepis
Vriesea appariciana
Vriesea
appariciana
Vriesea bituminosa
Vriesea
bituminosa
 
Vriesea bituminosa
Vriesea
bituminosa
Vriesea corcovadensis
Vriesea
corcovadensis
Vriesea fenestralis
Vriesea
fenestralis
Vriesea flammea
Vriesea
flammea
Vriesea fosteriana
Vriesea
fosteriana
 
Vriesea heliconioides
Vriesea
heliconioides
Vriesea hieroglyphica
Vriesea
hieroglyphica
Vriesea com sementes
Vriesea com sementes
Vriesea da mata
Vriesea da mata
Vriesea inflata
Vriesea inflata
 
Vriesea inflata
Vriesea inflata
Vriesea joyae
Vriesea joyae
Vriesea joyae
Vriesea joyae
Vriesea malzinei
Vriesea malzinei
Vriesea pardalina
Vriesea pardalina
 
Vriesea patuschoffiana
Vriesea
patuschoffiana
Vriesea patuschoffiana
Vriesea
patuschoffiana
Vriesea philippo-coburgii
Vriesea
philippo-coburgii
Vriesea philippo-coburgii
Vriesea
philippo-coburgii
Vriesea psittacina
Vriesea
psittacina
 
Vriesea tijucana
Vriesea
tijucana
Vriesea triligulata
Vriesea
triligulata
Vriesea triligulata
Vriesea
triligulata
Wittrockia superba
Wittrockia
superba
Ying-Yang
Ying-Yang


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