Zurich animated and the stunning succulent collection (2 tubes)

A few years ago me and Yvonne travelledĀ in Europe and North America again (after 11 years in South Africa). One of the cities we visited was Zurich in Switzerland.

The first tube is an animated version of some images we made during wandering in de city. The second is that of a stunning succulent plant collection which is regarded as the largest of its kind in the world.

The original pictures were made with a Sony snapshooter.

 

 

As hard as rock

This is a desert plant from Mexico. The botanical genus is Ariocarpus and it’s classified as one of the cactaceae (argh … those botanists/taxonomists… šŸ˜‰ ). anyway this succulent plant is as hard as rock and in its natural habitat it’s already happy with one annually flood rain. When it’s dry for a longer period it ‘draws’ itself more or less into the soil. Fairly rare plant; even specialised nurseries normally don’t have these in stock but some collectors do. The estimated age of this plant is around 30 years.

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Kougoed …

or ‘chewing stuff’ is the common name of the succulent plant Sceletium tortuosum which medicinal effects have been known by the native people of South Africa for hundreds or even maybe thousands of years.

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Heads of Medusae

The Euphorbia caput medusae originates from the fynbos area in the Western Cape, South Africa and is, according to scientists, most probably endemic to Table Mountain. The sap of this succulent plant is highly poisonous. The plant is also known as Heads of Medusae. It’s always a pleasure to photograph the flower heads.

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It's only late afternoon that I open my heart and spread my love

(Fenestraria specie; a succulent plant from Southern Africa which flowers spreads a wonderful fragrance)

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It’s only late afternoon that I open my heart and spread my love

(Fenestraria specie; a succulent plant from Southern Africa which flowers spreads a wonderful fragrance)

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