BRAZILPLANTS Support Club
Since the late 1980´s I've been cultivating and distributing seed of many
new and rare Brazilian plant species.
have managed all aspects of this process - from maintaining the collections
in a 10 m x 30 m covered lath house to labeling and keeping records on
locality and hand pollinating those requested for seed. In addition to all
of this, I travel yearly thought southern Brazil to upgrade and expand the
collections. Presently, the collection focuses upon Alstromeriaceae,
Aristolochiaceae, Amaryllidaceae, Iridaceae, Passifloraceae, Gesneriaceae,
Orchidaceae and Velloziaceae; but also extends to others related to these.
Please find an
attached list of plants that are now secured in cultivation around the world
and that were either found and/or made available through my seed-list.
Over the years my personal collection has grown to about 4,000 plants -
1,250 species representing 30 plant families.
6455 plants in 93 different plant families and 423
It is from mycollection that I harvest a good portion of the seeds that I
distribute. This collection could be more extensive, but due to the
necessity of my travels during the spring and summer, it has declined.
At this time I cannot afford to hire a qualified person who would carry on
these duties during my absence and help me when I am there. (Every year I
take many people on tours of the Brazilian flora from around the world, so I
know that there is a great interest in our flora.) My desire to continue the
distribution of seed and the need for the habitat information that is so
critical to good plant care prompted me to try to think of a solution. It
came to my mind to propose the following:
UPDATE: Because of the increase of the number of
I already have a full time employee.
1- Bring together individuals who are interested in:
a.) helping me to preserve a unique collection of rare Brazilian plants, and
b.) obtaining seed from these plants.
2 - Bring into cultivation and distribute to members new or rare species; on
the Alstroemeriaceae, Amarylliaceae, Araceae,
Aristolochiaceae, Begoniaceae, Cactaceae, Gesneriaceae, Iridaceae,
Orchidaceae, Passifloraceae and Velloziaceae families , while not excluding
others of interest.
3 - Maintain the health of the existing collection.
4 - Improve the collection by replacing the material that has been lost and
adding new material to enlarge it.
5 - Collect seed from difficult and rare species from cultivated or wild
- WHAT DO I NEED TO OBTAIN THESE OBJECTIVES?
1 - One employee working full time at the greenhouse.
2 -Help in financing the repair of the existing greenhouse, including
materials to repot the entire collection (fertilizer,
pesticide, potting mix, etc.)
- WHAT WOULD BE THE TOTAL COST FOR THIS? (THE BUDGET)
-About $400.00 US per month or $4,500 - $5,000 US per year - total.
UPDATE: $625.00 US per month or $4,500 - $7,500 US
per year - total.
WHAT WILL BRAZILPLANTS'S SUPPORT CLUB COST MEMBERS AND WHAT WILL THEY
GET IN RETURN FROM THEIR MONEY?
1 - Three membership levels are available with different benefits, and are
to be paid by preferable by PayPal.
a- Sustaining Membership - $ 60/year
b- Preservationist Membership - $125/year
c- Visionary Membership / Garden Clubs / Institutional - $ 250/year
d- Friends of BrazilPlants – Donation up to $ 60 per year .
UPDATE: Please add 5% to cover PayPal fees.
1 - Free seeds pkg:
a - Sustaining Membership = 18 seed pkg/year (6 pkg 3
b - Preservationist Membership = 36 seed pkg/year (12 pkg 3
c - Visionary Membership / Garden Clubs / Institutional = 72 seed
pkg/year (24 pkg 3 times/year)
d - Friends of BrazilPlants = No free seeds.
A complete list of available seed will be emailed to each member every 4
months, and new additions will be emailed as they became ready.
The seed will be sent on a first come, first serve basis. Seed is not
cumulative (must be received within the current period.
Deadlines: April 30, August 31, December 31)
a - Free seeds are limited to one pkg from each species per order.
b - There will be only one free shipping within the current period; the
others should pay the regular postage fee.
c - Quantity of seeds in each pkg may vary according to availability.
d - Extremely rare seeds like Worsleya raineri and others that have a very
high market price (up to $10 each seed) will be rated accordingly to its
Example: Each Worsleya raineri seed will worth three to five ordinary seed
e - Orders having more than one pkg from each species will be filled only 10
days AFTER the remaining members had made their choice.
f - Discount is not cumulative to Wholesalers, Botanical Gardens or Garden
Clubs that already have discounts on large orders.
2 - Priority in obtaining new and/or rare species (seeds, tubers or
cuttings). Members will be the first ones to know every time that I have
seeds from rare or new species. Tubers or cuttings could be sent (as
available) through express mail at member's own risk and expenses- TUBERS OR
CUTTINGS ARE NOT FREE.
3 - The members would get a 50% discount on additional seed from the site
Exception: Friends of BrazilPlants will get 20% discount from the site seed
4 - Satisfaction for helping to keep alive one of the biggest collection of
Gesneriaceae, Passifloraceae, Amaryllidaceace and
Aristolochiaceae, in Brazil - a unique way of actively conserving a part of
Brazil's Atlantic rainforest biodiversity.
HOW IT WILL WORK?
An exclusive and non-listed club will be created at Yahoo called
"BRAZIL-PLANTS Support Club"
.UPDATE: club address: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/brazilplants/info
A - In the club's "Files" section will be posted:
1 - The complete initial plant inventory (Plant Family, genera, species,
2 - Complete financial balance with all expenses and receipts, including a
member-by-member payment profile every three months.
3 - Quarterly online newsletter with all additions and deletions from the
B - In club's "Photo" section will be posted:
1 - Pictures of new material and/or rare plants from the collection.
2 - Pictures of interest to the club.
C - In club's "Messages" section will be posted:
1 - Offering of new species and rare material to the members, that will be
attended on a first ordered - first served basis.
(Exclusively through the club message section, so everyone will have equal
All the new offering will be supplied with information of how many seed
packets are available, and they will be limited to one of each species per
2 - Updates to the seed-list will be available at least one week before the
list goes to the site, so members will have the
possibility of ordering before the general public.
3 - Messages of general interest to the club.
The main objective of this club is to provide funding to maintain and run
the best documented collection of Alstroemeriaceae,
Amaryllidaceae, Aristolochiaceae, Gesneriaceae, Iridaceae, Orchidaceae,
Passifloraceae and Velloziaceae in Brazil.
Once the club starts running officially , any modification to its by-laws
only will be effective with approval of two thirds of the total members -
One member equals one vote, regardless of membership level.
If a significant number of members leave the club, and the income is no
longer enough to pay the employee salary, we will first try to find new
members to replace the missing ones. If we fail, the club will be dismantled
and all members will receive their remaining free seeds at once, without any
other kind of compensation or refunding.
PARTIAL LIST OF PLANTS THAT NOW IN CULTIVATION DUE TO THE SEEDS THAT
I DISTRIBUTED OVER THE YEARS:
Gesneriaceae: Nematanthus sp "Rio das Pedras"
Gesneriaceae: Nematanthus sp "Punctatus"
Gesneriaceae: Sinningia carangolensis
Gesneriaceae: Sinningia kautskyi
Gesneriaceae: Sinningia iarae
Gesneriaceae: Sinningia mauroana
Gesneriaceae: Sinningia hatsbachii
Gesneriaceae: Sinningia micans
Gesneriaceae: Sinningia calcaria
Gesneriaceae: Sinningia gertiana
Gesneriaceae: Sinningia araneosa
Gesneriaceae: Sinningia sp "Rio das Pedras"
Passifloraceae: Passiflora loefgrenii "Iporanga"
Passifloraceae: Passiflora loefgrenii "Corupá"
Passifloraceae: Passiflora eichleriana "blue corona"
Passifloraceae: Passiflora kermesina
Iridaceae: Trimezia martii
Iridaceae: Trimezia juncifolia
Iridaceae: Gelasine coerulea
Iridaceae: Neomarica sabini
Amaryllidaceae: Hippeastrum calyptratum
Amaryllidaceae: Hippeastrum stylosum
Amaryllidaceae: Hippeastrum brasilianum
Amaryllidaceae: Eithea blumenavia