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I live on the coast of the northeastern part of Brazil (Rio Grande do Norte). As you go inland, the terrain becomes very arid. There are cactus and a lot of xerophilic plants that remind me a lot of those from southern California or Arizona. Since the sun is almost always shining here, starting a fire with a magnifying glass isn't very difficult, but if you had to do so with the bow or drill method, what Brazilian plants would work best? Fire-starting methods often involve a spindle and a hearth. What plants or woods would be most suitable for that in the interior regions of northeastern Brazil?

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Just a note: I hate the bow-and-drill method. What a pain. For all practical purposes, I would say try to bring a light and a flint. –  theJollySin Jan 18 '13 at 15:42
Sure. A lighter, match or magnifying glass is easy, but I have no idea where I can find flint in Brazil. But that's not the point. Survival situations are often those where you are completely unprepared. You have no resources. Learning about survival is about learning to make do with whatever you have around you, and in many circumstances, you might not have a lighter or flint or whatever makes fire starting easy for you. –  Pé de Leão Jan 18 '13 at 15:58
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