Costa Rica

Costa Rica16 Mar 2009 07:31 am

Back in Costa Rica, we were trundling along looking up in the trees for more jungle cacti, maybe an Epiphyllum or two, some lovely orchids in bloom and all, and then boom, what did we see?


Solanum quitoense

I can’t be sure of the ID, but this fruiting plant in the nightshade family with broad fuzzy purple leaves is one of our favorites at the nursery. Technically it’s no succulent, of course, but it is drought tolerant and we’ve planted it alongside our turtle pond too.

Costa Rica12 Mar 2009 08:02 am


This orchid was way high up in the trees. I tried my best to use my superzoom lens, but without a tripod this is the best I was able to get. Not bad. But then the other shots were all way out of focus, so this was the only one that even came close.

Plus we were running from a pack of cotamundis at the same time.


Costa Rica10 Mar 2009 06:49 am


This is a really large terrestrial bromeliad we came upon in the Costa Rican jungle. About 10ft. across. I think this was near the Arenal volcano when we took a side trail to find a bombax that we never found. I wonder how long that outcropping will last.

Costa Rica09 Mar 2009 06:59 am


Peperomia palmana

In the wet mountain forests we found this blooming plant growing as a terrestrial herb and also growing along large trunks as an epiphyte.

Beautiful thick herbaceous leaves and stunning bloom spikes that if you were to look closely you would see are covered in tiny flowers.

Costa Rica06 Mar 2009 07:12 am


It’s a Costa Rican Ground Orchid. It’s only like a 1/2″ across, so please don’t step on it, okay?

Costa Rica05 Mar 2009 06:51 am


Peperomia hernandiifolia

I like me some peperomias. This large leafed succulent was climbing this tree and was up over 10 ft. high. They can root in the ground or be completely epiphytic, as they vine their way into the clouds.

I like this photo for its evocative shadows.

Costa Rica04 Mar 2009 06:19 am


Nice Bromeliad. And it’s epiphytic too. But really, look at all that moss crawling up that tree. Must be a rain forest. Tropical even. Hot and moist.

Costa Rica03 Mar 2009 08:19 am


The photos from Costa Rica keep coming, and it turns out I shot a lot of orchids. Maybe I’ll stop doing these posts from our trip every day. Maybe only once a week? They’ll last all year if I do that. Fair warning.

Anyway, this cone of flowers was about a foot tall and I counted the tiny blooms and there were 3,026.

Costa Rica28 Feb 2009 08:08 am


We saw a lot of blooming orchids in Costa Rica last month. I have a few thousand more photos to share. Well, maybe not quite that many.

We’re still in the cloud forests of¬† Monteverde.

Costa Rica27 Feb 2009 06:30 am


Today’s Costa Rican plant is an orchid. And there’s that wonderful yellow-green color that could lead one to call this orchid species by a name like viridis. But don’t even try, cause the orchid collectors will complain that you don’t know what you’re talking about. They do that you know.

Costa Rica26 Feb 2009 08:28 am

Did I mention we saw orchids while traipsing through the rain forests of Costa Rica?


This one shouldn’t be too hard to identify. Anyone want to try?

Costa Rica25 Feb 2009 06:33 am


Cloud Forest Orchid

Costa Rica24 Feb 2009 06:32 am


Costa Rica23 Feb 2009 07:01 am


It seems like this may be Costa Rica Orchid week at the blog. And there are still more Haworthias coming in the afternoons too.

Costa Rica22 Feb 2009 08:42 am


We saw a whole lot of blooming orchids on our recent trip to Costa Rica. Here we start with one up in the Cloud Forests of Monteverde. There will be more. Of course most of my orchid bloom photos did not come into focus since the flowers can be so small and the plants are way up in the trees and I didn’t have a tripod with me. And more than that, no names are provided since I haven’t a clue which of the many hundreds of native orchids this is.

Costa Rica21 Feb 2009 07:46 am


Peperomia rotundifolia has a number of common names, including Yerba Linda and creeping peperomia, creeping buttons, royal velvet plant, and my favorite the Radiator Plant. So you can tell that this is a well travelled plant.

Here we see a fully blooming specimen creeping along a tree branch¬† in it’s original habitat high up in the Cloud Forests of Costa Rica, although it’s range runs from Mexico to Brazil. My book also says it can be found in Tanzania, but that can’t be right.

Costa Rica18 Feb 2009 07:24 am


Agave angustifolia

This Costa Rican native grows to anywhere from 3 to 6 ft. across, and is very popular in cultivation for its colorful marginated and variegated varieties. Here we see one in its native habitat – a sunny field. Let’s romp.

Costa Rica17 Feb 2009 06:32 am


Hylocereus costaricensis

Now that’s a lot of cactus hanging off that branch. Strong branch, I hope.

Costa Rica16 Feb 2009 06:51 am


In this lovely grouping of epiphytic plants, we see a cactus which is clearly a Hylocereus (probably H. costaricensis), a blooming Tillandsia (Oy they’re so bright – my eyes!), and a very happy orchid, species unknown.

I think we could all learn a lesson from these plants about living together and sharing. Here we have 3 very different species sharing a branch on a tree, slowly killing it off, together. Teamwork.

Costa Rica13 Feb 2009 06:39 am


We’re not sure what cactus this is that we found in the rain forests of Costa Rica, more specifically in Manuel Antonio NP, but it sure is impressive.

It is broad and flat like an epiphyllum, but long and pendulous like a selenicereus. Definitely not hylocereus. Maybe rhipsalis – they can be flat and long and pendulous, but they’re not usually that broad. If only we had gotten close enough to see any evidence of flowering. Damn jungle.

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