Tuesday, December 13, 2005

TREES: WALKING AROUND TREES!




The trees above are Barbatimão (Stryphnodendron adstringens), Family Leguminosae-Mimosoideae. This luxuriant tree in my yard is native to Brazil's cerrado vegetation. The Brazilian cerrado (savanna) bioma covers 2 million km² representing 23% of the area of the country (the same size as Western Europe). It is an ancient biome with rich biodiversity, estimated at 160.000 species of plants, fungi and animals. There are about 800 species of trees and large shrubs in the savanna vegetation. Cerrado is the second largest ecological dominion of Brazil, where a continuous herbaceous stratum is joined to an arboreal stratum, with variable density of woody species. Around 220 species from cerrado are reported as used in the traditional medicine.
In terms of area it is exceeded by only one vegetation formation in Brazil, the Amazonian forest covering approx. 3.5 million km².
Brazilian Biodiversity: approximately two thirds of the biological diversity of the world is found in tropical zones, mainly in developing countries. Brazil is the country with the most biological diversity in the world. It is estimated that we have between 15% to 20% of all the planet's biodiversity. There are 55,000 different native species of plants in Brazil (22% of the world's total), distributed over six major biomes : Amazon (30,000); Cerrado (10,000); Caatinga (4,000); Atlantic rainforest (10,000), Pantanal (10,000) and the subtropical forest (3,000).






Photos by Sonia de Amorim Mascaro

31 comments:

  1. What beautiful green of the trees with spreading branches!

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  2. Sonia, these pictures are very lovely! I enjoy the interesting facts that you give in your blog as well. Thanks for sharing these with us!

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  3. Your site is so unique! I love seeing a new country. It feels so clean and refreshing. Beautiful photos.

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  4. I love the photo labelled 4árvore and the one above it, 5tronco. I can also now add two new vocabulary words, tree and trunk. Linda árvores! Was that correct?
    Até logo!
    Delane.

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  5. Thank you for letting us learn about the Brazillian biological diversity. You are a wonderful teacher.

    Your photographs are beautiful.

    Connie

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  6. Sonia, every time you post, it's like another piece of heaven. Your tree photos, like all the photos on your land and in your area of the world, are absolutely exquisite. Each photo could be a prompt for writing, meditation, prayer.

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  7. I love trees Sonia, and your| are lovely. Great photos!

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  8. Those lovely photos prompted me to start singing to myself a song that goes back to my school days - the words of Joyce Kilmer's poem 'Trees', set to music.

    The words are here: http://www.bartleby.com/104/119.html

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  9. Those trees are so green and bushy, very pretty.

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  10. Those trees are magnificent. I love all the information you have provided about Brazil's biodiversity. I can only imagine how delicious the air is there.

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  11. Beautiful!! I am enjoying your green trees and blue skies today while it is sleeting and gray here.

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  12. Did I forget to add my link? It's me, Sonia!

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  13. I want to hug each & every one of your beautiful trees, Sonia! You have so many plants that our earth needs to survive. I like your photos--thanks for sharing those trees of yours!

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  14. These photo's are so very beautiful, as usual! It's such a pleasure to be able to see all the many special beautiful things growing around you there in Brazil...An opportunity, Sonia, that I would not have otherwise. Thank You Soooo Very Much!

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  15. Those trees DEFINE green!...gee, I think I've said that before!? GORGEOUS AREA!!!

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  16. Lovely photos of a lovely environment. Sonia, you and your husband are blessed to live in such a beautiful place and to be so involved in learning and teaching all you can about it. Keep up the good work. I hope it helps the rest of the world to understand the importance of keeping it whole and pure.

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  17. Glorious trees. When it's dull here, I can always count on you to bring in color.

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  18. I love the look of the leaves on these trees - almost fern like.

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  19. Beautiful photos of beautiful trees, Sonia. I hope they never get cut down. We had mimosas in our yard when I was a child. Such pretty leaves.

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  20. Hi Sonia,

    Greetings from Perú! I am always so happy when you update your blog as I learn so much from reading what you write. I wanted to thank you because the other day I recognized a Canafístula thanks to your having posted about it. It is a wonderful tree and I thank you for introducing me to it.

    Anne

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  21. It's nice to see so many beautiful trees on your blog, Sonia. A tree is such a thing of beauty... thanks for sharing yours. :)

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  22. Those are so lush, full and green...Absolutely stunning!

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  23. Who doesn't love a tree? And these trees are beautiful. Your country sounds amazing - thanks for the information!

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  24. My weekend treat - a visit to Brazil via your blog, Sonia. Beautiful as usual - and I particularly like the 4arvore photo as well. Thank you too for your kind comments recently at my place.

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  25. How very interesting. Thank you for taking time to tell us. I love trees and always enjoy looking at yours.

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  26. Its -10 in Sweden today so just looking at your beautiful photos has made me feel a little bit more summery and warmer! Helen

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  27. Wow, those trees and the water. I NEED to be THERE! So warm looking, so INVITING! Thanks for sharing. And, Sonia, thanks for visiting my blog. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too!
    Mary-Kay

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  28. Sonia,
    Your pictures are so beautiful. It is so lush and green. We are in the dead of winter here. I wish I could be where you are. Enjoy your summertime!

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  29. Merci pour vos voeux de Noel .
    Permettez moi de vous souhaiter également des fetes remplies de joies !

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  30. You have a fascinating and inspiring blog! I'll be visiting often, learning more about Brazil. Thank you for all the great details.

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