Tuesday 4th December

     

Breakfast 8:15 followed by a good stroll around town, which was just about as quaint as small Mexican colonial town can get. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Then down to business we set off north along Hwy125 towards Tehuacn.  And what an incredible stretch of road with seemingly a new favourite plant around each bend.  We saw Dasylirion serratifolium, Agave kerchovei together at one spot.  A few km further, just north of Santiago Miltepec, we saw Agave marmorata, Agave scaposa and Agave potatorum

 

Below: Agave marmorata

 

 

Below: Agave scaposa

 

 

 

 

Below: Agave potatorum

 

 

Another few km and we stopped to look at Furcraea macdougalii, Agave kerchovei, and Agave potatorum .

 

   

 

Below: Agave kerchovei

 

 

Below: Agave potatorum

 

 

Further still, road markers told us we were 84 km south of Tehuacn we encountered Furcraea longaeva, Yucca mixtecana, Dasylirion lucidum noted for its smooth leaf surface and red marginal teeth - Agave marmorata and the clumping Brahea dulcis wed seen the day before.

 

Below: left, Furcraea longaeva.  Right, Yucca mixtecana

 

  

 

Below: Dasylirion lucidum

 

  

  

 

Below: a large specimen of Agave marmorata

 

 

 

Below: a silvery Brahea dulcis

 

 

Below: a cactus (I must get to grips with getting these cacti identified!) (eidt - Mammillaria haageana, maybe)

 

 

5km on and we stopped again this time to look at a beautiful compact form of Agave salmiana, more Agave marmorata and the braheas again.

 

 

Below: Agave salmiana ssp crassispina

 

 

 

A little further, just northeast of Santiago Acatepec, we stopped for what we believe to be Agave peacockii, Yucca mixtecana, Yucca periculosa and a few billion columnar cacti. 

 

 

Below: this double tooth is said to be diagnostic of Agave peacockii

 

 

 

Below: finally a cactus I recognised - Echinocactus platyacanthus

 

 

Below:  Short lived success - I don't know these clumpers. (edit - Ferocactus flavovirens)

 

 

(Edit - below Ferocactus robustus)

 

 

Below: left, Yucca mixtecana, right, Yucca periculosa

 

  

 

Below: a grand old Yucca periculosa

 

 

Below: a few columnar cacti (Neobuxbaumia sp) ... just visible in the picture....

 

 

Only a few km on we saw a large stand of Beaucarnea gracilis.

 

 

 

 

Below: a few more of those cacti

 

 

 

We detoured off a short way to call into the botanic garden at Zapotitlan Salinas, but it wasnt really worth the M$30 each entrance fee as it mainly featured - yup, you guessed - those columnar cacti.

 

 

A few km short of Tehuacn, just about exactly as per Gentry, we saw Agave stricta in both red and green forms, growing together.

 

 

 

 

 

As the afternoon faded we drove into Tehuacn which we found to be rather large and smelly.  The guidebook recommended the un-Mexican sounding Hotel Burgh Suites and M$400 got us a huge room on an upper floor.  Dinner was nothing special, but after such an intensely plant-tastic day, who cares?

 

 

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