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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom consultants. MEMOIRS about husband Pieter Vedder, who was a SCIENTIFIC PIONEER in Mushroom Cultivation Education. His practical handbook is in 8 languages and is called the MUSHROOM BIBLE: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2020/08/modern-mushroom-growing-2020-harvesting.html

Saturday, April 21, 2012

{Flora from our Curaçao Vacation}

Just like to show you a bit more from the flora that we found on the Caribbean Island of Curaçao while on vacation at the Hyatt Regency. We did a lot of walking around the Santa Barbara Plantation, Curaçao ←click it . Around this finest golf course and marina resort community in the Caribbean it is nice hilly. 
Here I am standing in front of one of the many towering Kadushi cactus  ←click it.
The Cereus Repandus ←(click it), better known as the Kasushi cactus is more like a multi-trunk tree with thousands of needles!
Surprisingly hard indeed. Click→ Christoffel Park, Curaçao for more info on this unique cactus.
Observing birds and everything else that came on our path...
I do need some help with identifying this large leafed plant or shrub with its amazing flowers. 
Any hint is appreciated as we are curious!
Thanks to a courteous reader (see comment below) I got a link to Dutch Caribbean Species Register with this photo by Gerard van Buurt showing the Katuna di Seda. Is Papiamento name.
Pieter is showing you here the Acacia dealbata or Silver wattle, Mimosa ←(click it) flowers. Did you notice that this shrub also does have needles? One better watches out for it can really hurt you. 
When we visited the capital of Willemstad, we of course did go also to the floating market. Fresh fruits from Venezuela are being sold every day on the quay. We bought several varieties and here I want you to see the yummy Sweet Calabash, Sweet Cup or Calabasi. Botanical name: Passiflora maliformis. 
A typical fruit for Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Islands...
We certainly did enjoy this paradise and we will be back!
Have you ever been to the Caribbean?
Tell me do you love exotic fruits as much as we do?
Would love to hear from you...

Related articles
{Our Curaçao Vacation II} | previous post by me
{Back Home from Curaçao} | previous post by me
{Our Curaçao Vacation} | previous post by me
{Hyatt Regency - Santa Barbara Plantation Curaçao} | previous post by me
{Trupial or Orange Breasted Oriole - National Bird of Curaçao} | previous post by me


  1. You always have the most marvellous pictures to show us. I can't believe the size of the cactus!
    Hope you enjoy a wonderful Friday my friend!!

  2. Dear Mariette,
    Amazing photos! I'm very familiar with Sweet Cup, Passion Fruit or Parcha. I'm from the Caribbean and I love the fruits of my Enchanted Island. :)
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. Dearest Mariette,
    thank you for showing us those wonderful plants! I love the big flower too! Did you find out already, what it could be?
    Have a lovely weekend,
    love and hugs,

  4. Very beautiful photos and interesting vacation, I like it!

    Have a nice weekend:)

  5. Liebe Mariette,

    herzliche und sonnige Grüße


  6. ma quanti posti hai visitato? un abbraccio grande e un dolce fine settimana Lory

  7. Dearest Mariette,
    One better watches out for it can really your hurt you,
    I love anything I have a idea.
    I start feeling good for today.
    thank you for help me all the time.

  8. Hi Mariette, interesting photos! The flowers and the huge cactus! increhible! I recognized the fruit known as parcha here. It is played with her ​​sweet and sour taste is very unusual, but common here on the island. There are several fruits that quality, 'bittersweet'. heh, heh, heh. Also the plant acacia o mimosa , you put as here the commonly know as Morivivi, is the union of two words die and live! because when you step on or touch close, then back to normal! and has some very annoying thorns. In the fields there are many of these plants as wild boil. you always learn something! hugs. Rose M.

  9. Dear Mariette,
    Lovely pictures, that cactus is huge! Hope you're having a good day. I am still without any internet at home, but will be back online on Monday again I hope. Wishing you a fantastic Weekend!

  10. I don't know many people in Georgia, but you look stunning. Is that really you on the first picture? :)
    Sorry for not commenting on what post is actually about, but I am hypnotized by looking at your skinny and well shaped arm. (don't take me seriously!)

    Thanks for putting my blog on your blogroll. I will try to do something with the picture. :)

  11. Grazie Mariette di tutte le belle parti del mondo che ci fai vedere!Buon fine settimana!Baci,Rosetta

  12. Very nice pictures and the cactus is the largest one I have ever seen.


  13. Liebe Mariette,
    danke für deine lieben Worte -

    die Fotos sind total beeindruckend -

    hab ein schönes Wochenende -lg .Ruth

  14. Hi Mariette,

    Wow! I loved seeing your beautiful vacation pictures. I've never seen cactus that big. The hotel looked super nice. The flowers are gorgeous! I adore fruit and eat it everyday. Yes I have been to the Caribbean.


  15. WOW!! That is certainly a large cactus. Looks like such a fabulous adventure ... the tropics have so much to offer. I'm starting to be a little more adventurous with my fruits ... and this sounds tres yummy!!

    My dear friend... thank you so much for your wonderful words of inspiration. I'm so blessed in many ways... and You my friend are one of the wonderful blessings. xo C. (HHL)

  16. WOW!! That is certainly a large cactus. Looks like such a fabulous adventure ... the tropics have so much to offer. I'm starting to be a little more adventurous with my fruits ... and this sounds tres yummy!!

    My dear friend... thank you so much for your wonderful words of inspiration. I'm so blessed in many ways... and You my friend are one of the wonderful blessings. xo C. (HHL)

  17. Dearest Mariette

    Your holiday to Curacao looks so interesting.
    The flora is quite different to anything I've ever seen.

    Hope all is well with you dear friend.
    with love and hugs

  18. Hi Mariette!

    WOW! That's one big cactus! Your photos are amazing and I love your smile and the sparkle in your eyes! What a sweet person you are to leave such wonderful comment today on my bog. Yes, I am new to the blogging world :) and I have no idea what I'm doing Lol! This is truly an outlet for me so I have not invested in professional design help. I'm forcing myself to just figure things out along the way. I'm still trying to customize my blog and (maybe one day..) I'll figure out how to design a pretty header!!

    Your story really touched me. Sounds like you are very worldly indeed and I thank you so much for introducing yourself to me.

    Have a wonderful weekend Mariette!


  19. Lieve Mariette,
    Wat zijn het prachtige foto'die je ons hier laat zien !!!!!heel anders is de flora als bij ons in het koude kikkerland....brrr, het hagelde hier vanmiddag zowaar...en als ik dan naar deze mooie foto's van de tropen kijk ...dan....maar wat een grote cactus zeg....Ik heb nog nooit zo'n grote gezien...heel apart.
    Ik wens je een fijne weekend en vele lieve groetjes......ELLY.

  20. That is one amazing cactus. I've never seen one like that before. Thanks for your recent links and the raining cats & dogs video. I visited WooWork.blogspot. What a talented guy! Very cool stuff.

    Yes, water is desalinated here. In fact, my 8th grader is going on a field trip this coming week to the desalination plant. Unfortunately, most people in this country waste water. They feel the need to have their maids wash their cars every single day, even during dust storms, and are constantly even washing down their driveways with water. Such a waste! I've gotten to where I hate to do it because, as with cleaning inside, you can spend so much time doing it, and then bam, another dust storm comes along and everything is dirty again.

    Hope you are having a good weekend. Best wishes, Tammy

  21. Wine glasses like these used more "south" of Rome, Naples and more southern, like Sicily! Everyone needsto be more proactive to keep our earth safe. Starting with big business, pharmaceuticals, etc. And I believe each one of us makes a difference. Thanbks for stopping by! xo

  22. Liebe Mariette,
    das ist eine aufregende Pflanzenwelt. Die gesuchte Pflanze würde ich zu den Wachsblumen (Hoya) zählen. Welche es von den 400 Arten genau ist, weiß ich allerdings nicht. Aber sie sieht prächtig aus.
    Liebe Grüße, Johanna

  23. Dearest Mariette, I can't stop smiling. What a lovely and adventurous time you and Pieter had on the the Caribbean Island of Curaçao. I felt like I was there with you both. Nature's splendour is really something to behold. I often think about God and how much fun it must have been for him to create everything unique and beautiful, right down to the tiniest of details. Oh, and what fun God must have had to choose colours. I love colours so much. Hope you are having a splendid day! With love and care from Kerrie xOx

  24. I saw a program on the Travel Channel tonight, which was about Caribbean islands, and they showed little of Curacao as well.
    What a giant cactus in the picture!
    Hope you are having a great weekend!

  25. You look so nice in this paradise,dearest Mariette!
    I'm sure you had a wonderful time, you and your husband too.

  26. The large leaved purper flower ( held by hand with watch) is Katuna di Seda ( Papiamentoe) .

    1. KLM: Thank you so very much for this information! Will add it below photo.


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