Canela-de-ema or Vellozia compacta
Popular name: Canela-de-ema
Scientific name: Vellozia compacta
At the Lago Novo, one can easily admire the Vellozia compacta, known as canela-de-ema (literally shin of rhea). This species lives well in natural fields on top of mountain ranges, under rocky outcrops. Seeing its delicate purple flowers, one can find it hard to imagine that it is used to stand lack of water, continuous wind, and major temperature variations. It is a genus from the flora of Minas Gerais, endemic to the Serra do Espinhaço.