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We’re now in Chuquisaca Department, with only 35 km as the crow flies to go to our original goal of Culpina, but neither Google Earth nor Google Maps could find a road to cover the distance. But then we have John as navigator! John suggested that as Culpina only has very basic accommodation and food, we’d stay in Camargo and make a day trip to the Culpina sites.

Now (15 December and back in the UK), with today’s stops plotted, GE confirms that we travelled on some interesting tracks with plenty of zigzags! Plants photographed:

S2403: Parodia maassii or P. ritteri var. camargensis

S2404: Rebutia (Weingartia) fidana ssp cintiensis, Puya sp, Asclepiad sp.- yellow flowers, Unidentified genus species – low, white stemmed trees, reminiscent of Pachycormus discolor in Baja California, Mexico

S2405: Parodia subterranea, s.n. Parodia occulta, Rebutia (Weingartia) fidana ssp cintiensis, Parodia sp – like P. maassii, but clustering; some white spined, some golden spined (P ritteri?), Cumulopuntia chichensis, Austrocylindropuntia shaferi, Puya sp, Echinopsis sp.

S2406 and S2407: Echinopsis (Lobivia) ferox, yellow flowers, Rebutia sp., red flowers, Oreocereus celsianus, Llareta – Azorella compacta, Cumulopuntia chichensis, Echinopsis (Trichocereus) sp –  T bertramiiOreocereus celsianus, Lichen, Cumulopuntia boliviana or C. chichensis?, Puya sp

S2408: Cleistocactus sp., Echinopsis (Trichocereus) sp – T. tacaquirensis?

S2409: Opuntia sulphurea, Parodia sp, Echinopsis (Trichocereus) sp – Trichocereus tacaquirensis? In flower, Cleistocactus sp.

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