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Mandacaru (Cereus jamacaru) is a typical Brazilian cacti, you can find it in the driest areas of North-Eastern Brazil where it can survive at big droughts of years. They are native of my region too, in special in rocky areas that suffer a lot during the droughts. My region was a jungle and very humid place, but these cacti survived here after ages when this area was a desert and an arid region thousands of years ago. In those days Andes mountains did not exist yet and the humidity around equator line moved free around the globe, when the Andes raised up they blocked the humid air and this humid track begun a new way that came to my region and it became more humid and the cacti got to survive in the rocky areas for ages, in some cases it grows high as a tree in the middle of the jungle. Curiously it can survive to frosts.
There is a famous Brazilian song about this plant, a part of the verses says: --- Mandacaru when expose its flowers during the drought, it is a sign the rain will arrive in the countryside, if a girl doesn't mind more about her dolls, it is sign the love arrived in her heart... "
You can hear the song here:


O Mandacaru (Cereus jamacaru)é uma planta brasileira famosa, pode ser encontrada nas zonas áridas do nordeste onde sobrevive a grandes secas de anos. Esse cacto é nativo da nossa região também, sobrevive em áreas de solo pedregoso e raso onde consegue lidar melhor com a falta de água. Nossa região era uma mata fechada, como uma planta dessas conseguiu sobreviver aqui ? No passado essa área era um deserto, nesse tempo os Andes não existiam e a umidade na linha do equador subia do mar e ia embora, depois da lenta elevação dos Andes a umidade batia nas montanhas e se desviava para cá criando a mata e o cacto teve que se adaptar para sobreviver. Na mata ela alcança grandes alturas podendo até parecer uma árvore. Curiosamente ele consegue sobreviver às geadas.

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