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#161 RainForestt Robert

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 07:05 AM

A reverse shot of the landscape bromeliads we saw when we first entered.

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Bromeliad flower. There is even a palm in the background.
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#162 RainForestt Robert

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 07:15 AM

The palm that we were requested to id turned out to be an Areca vestiara. Chester pointed out a dead palm, and indicated that in the small town where he lives, numerous fan palms had been succumbing to a bug pest. Not sure of its identity.

In this photo notice the dead palm to the rear of the Euterpe oleracea.

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After spending some time at his home, shooting the breeze, discussing a wide variety of topics, we headed out to look at the rest of the impressive property, which contained some nice horticultural gems.

A very impressive, massive bamboo
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Unable to recall the name of these trees, but I got a couple of cuttings which rooted well. Anyone who knows the name an id would be helpful.
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#163 RainForestt Robert

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 07:20 AM

Neoregelia Hannibal Lecter. The spines are wicked. Definitely a well chosen name.

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Heading uphill back to the house.
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A back bamboo
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#164 RainForestt Robert

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 07:46 AM

Black bamboo lengths purchased by florists/interior decorators ......

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Anders' stash of plants. It must be great to get the thrill of buying plants, then keep the receipt for reimbursement!
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#165 RainForestt Robert

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 07:56 AM

That pretty much was it for Chester Skotak's nursery. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Oh, one other thing, subsequent to visiting I did purchase his book, Searching for Miss Fortuna, which I enjoyed tremendously, even wrote a review on Amazon. Highly recommended. If you are a reader you should check it out.

Review of "Searching for Miss Fortuna"
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Trinidad!  Southernmost island in the Caribbean.
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#166 RainForestt Robert

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 08:00 AM

By the time we got back to the hotel it was still relatively early. I collected my clean seeds and was able to relax a bit before the farewell dinner. I was also tired from a hectic week of PRAs (who do I pay for use of the term PRA?). Since I had an early flight the following morning I decided that dinner would be a relatively short affair for me. I kept wishing that I was able to go on the post tour to Wilson, but that was not to be.

Farewell dinner.

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Trinidad!  Southernmost island in the Caribbean.
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#167 RainForestt Robert

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 08:03 AM

I will finish off with random shots of biennial attendees. You have seen many of their pictures, connect the dots and see who you can id.

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#168 RainForestt Robert

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 08:06 AM

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Jerry, thanks for the t-shirt. It is one of my favorites!
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Trinidad!  Southernmost island in the Caribbean.
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#169 RainForestt Robert

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 08:10 AM

By the time I left, the party was in full effect. There was some fancy stepping. Next time I'll be around to turn off the lights.

Goodbye from the IPS Costa Rica biennial. Best damn vacation I ever had!

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#170 Jeff Searle

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 10:01 AM

Robert,

It was a pleasure! A great week indeed. So, I hear your coming up for the week with the kids? :lol:

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#171 RainForestt Robert

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 10:40 AM

Jeff, once you start appearing in that Groundhog Day sequence it is time to put you in a geriatric home! Can I dig plants from your yard before you go?

Robert
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#172 Jerry@TreeZoo

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 05:03 PM

Robert,

Glad you like the T Shirt. I am happy it got such a nice home! The unknown trees in #162 are Pseudobombax ellipticum, the Shaving Brush Tree. Some have white flowers, some have red. They bloom in the spring for about 6 weeks with the white one starting several weeks before the red.

Great pics Robert.

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#173 Gileno Machado

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Posted 01 August 2008 - 06:11 PM

Eye candy pictures there Robert. Thanks for letting us go along in the trip, with perfect comments and top photography :greenthumb: .
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2000 mm average rainfall, dry summers




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