The lighting is not the best but we are in the rainy season here in Costa Rica, this butterfly was happily pollinating this asteraceae flower and allowed me to squeeze several shots, the best of which I uploaded. The butterfly is some 3 cm across.
This beautiful dragon fly just gave me the chance to take a few photographs in a mountain stream in Costa Rica. Specificallly in the Escazu Mountain Range, it is the first time in over 100 times I've been up there I've seen it.
I believe this is a wild species of cucurbitaceae that grows spontaneously in Costa Rica's Central Valley. This photo was taken at about 1100 m.a.s.l.
This if not being used as such could be the food of the future. It grows in the undergrowth of forested areas in Costa Rica and for this reason it does not require the clearing of forests to grow these grains. A lower taxon will be appreciated.
This is another of the species and colors of Commelinaceae plant species that grow in my garden at about 1100 m.a.s.l. in Costa Rica. This one has a different habit with long growing, spindly stems, separation between leaves is greater than on other of these flowers and they have abundant trychomes.
Several species of Commelinaceae plant species grow both in Costa Rica's Central valley and the Escazu Mountain Range. This one grow in my house, in the valley at about 1100 m.a.s.l.
I believe this is an Asteraceae plant species, let me know if I'm wrong. Grows at the height of the rainy season in the Escazu Mountain Range at about 1250 m.a.s.l.
I believe this is an Onagraceae, let me know if I'm wrong. I blooms at the end of the rainy season in Costa Rica, in the Escazu Mountain Range at about 1300 m.a.s.l. and somewhat above that.
I think this is an Asteraceae due to the radial symmetry of the flowers and overall structure. Let m know if I'm wrong. In the wild they grow to be 5-20 cm (the flower stem) the leaves grow radially parallel to the ground and have serrated edges. The flower turn to dandelions when pollinated. Grows mostly during the rainy season.
I have placed a couple other photos of this vine, however they have not been classified as of yet. This is the most illustrative I have as it shows the beautiful leaves and flowers. Help is appreciated.
This herbaceous plant with simple leaves grows in shaded areas of my backyared, The flowers are about 1-1.5 cm each.
This beautiful example was growing underneath a few trees in a the Escazu Mountain Range, I would assume is symbiotic? This was at the height of the rainy season.
The beautiful inflorescence of this cross-leaved flower really drew my attention on a hike through a small patch of recovering forest in the westerly section of the Escazu Mountain range.
This photo was taken a while back and quite honestly all I can recall is the tree being entirely covered in these beautiful inflorescence, as far as you could tell. These grow in the southwestern section of the Escazu Mountain Range.
This herbaceous, single stem, opposed simple leaves, 15-20 cm tall plant lives in the southwestern portion of the Escazu Mountain Range. It is quite interesting how since this photo was taken and today it grows at a higher altitude, it seems to have a lower altitude limit.
I believe this is a legume vine which was not identified in a previous picture, I'm submitting this one as abetter example of the pictured plant to aid in identification.
As if it was a photo from an ancient forest this section of the undergrowth of the Escazu Mountain Range is completely occupied but ferns and Selaginella, perhaps not colorful but certaily rich in patterns.
This beautiful example of a bromeliad was on a fallen branch in one of the trails in the Escazu Mountain Range. Th reddish coloration indicates water stress as it was the height of the dry season and the bromeliad was on the undergrowth. This plant is about 40-50 cm across.
Several species of red ferns grow in the Escazu Mountain Range, this is the largest I have observed, the leaf is about 25 cm long but I've seen them in excess of 30-40 cm.
This herbaceous vine grows abundantly in the trails at the Escazu Mountain Range and illuminates the path with its beautiful colors.
This species of blackberry is quite common in Escazu, it grows at altitudes below 1100 m.a.s.l. but thrives over 1700 m.a.s.l. as this picture from the Escazu mountain range reflects.
This family of obligate parasitic plants usually blooms in the Escazu Mointain range in Costa Rica.
This beautiful butterfly was sipping the juices of a few decaying mangoes and I managed to get this picture before my cat scared it away.
patch of beetles on side of tree in forest remnant by pond; larvae, pupae and adults all present over a period of 12 days (May 29-June 9)