My fascination with tropical plants began back in 1999. As a landscape designer in the Miami area I was an intern at Finca la Flor, a farm in the beautiful highlands of Costa Rica. It was here that I met my hosts Mike and Mila Anderson. Here they grew an amazing collection of heliconia, [...]
Since the rain forests of the world grow primarily at the equator the combination of length of daylight and high rainfall amounts give plants an advantage of fast growth. There is also a high volume of transpiration (the release of moisture from plants) that contributes to humidity and eventual return rainfall. You will also [...]
and on my visits I saw insects that were adorned in ornate colors, warrior armament, head dresses with plumes and some outfiitted with large mandibles with almost science fiction-like faces, as though they were dressed and ready for Mardi Gras! Some insects live high in the tree canopy and never set foot on the [...]
You may have thought that since the rainforest is so dense with foliage that the leaf litter that eventually finds its way to the ground creates a dense mat of organic matter. Well this is not the case. In fact, there is so much [...]
Many insect and animal species blend into this green world….however, to the scrutinizing eye, their world is revealed. Green is everywhere in the rainforest!
Photo credit: Mike Brown
La Selva and Palo Verde Biological stations Costa Rica.
Just when you think you understand nature, she throws a curve at you and so you stand there scratching your head, asking why? On the most recent Costa Rica exploration I noticed numerous tropical plants that produce fruit, leaves and flowers directly on the trunk or limbs without the use [...]
A complete rip out of old turf with the main focus to cover the “Great Redwood Wall”…..using fast growing Bamboo, Ensete Banana, and White Bird of Paradise…………Mission accomplished in one year!
Design and photo credit: Mike Brown
Photo credit: Mike Brown
There is virtually nothing in the rain forest that doesn’t support life in some form. From the giant canopy trees to the floor leaf litter…..there was green everywhere I looked. Below is what appears to be some type of violet growing along with fern. I have been [...]
A spider thinks it is blending in with the color of a leaf. It did not escape my eye however and provided a great example of insect camouflage. The story continues below.
A few years ago while I was on one of my many Costa Rica study trips I took to the jungle early one morning on what had become part of my daily routine. As I was hiking along a narrow winding trail deep in the sub-canopy of trees and shrubs I began to notice how [...]