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amazondk

cecropia are kinda cool. if anyone has seed send em to ari.

Yes please..... anyone???

Regards, Ari :)

Ari,

These trees are one of the first colonizers in disturbed forest re-genearation. Because of this they grow all over the place here, even coming up in cracks in sidewalks. There is at least one variety that has a grape like fruit that is supposedly quite good. The toucans like them a lot.

dk

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ariscott

Hhhmmm.... are they weeds then? Although weeds there might not mean weeds here, as we do have that long dry season.... If you happen to find some seeds, Don... please remember me :)

Regards, Ari :)

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amazondk

Ari,

I will start looking more at the trees to see if I can find some seeds. Since there are so many around I don´t imagine that will be too hard. Yes they are weeds. They provide shade for the other trees to take hold and re generate the forest in tropical America.

dk

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Kim

Ari, when I find those trees on our little parcel in Hawaii, I remove them as quickly as possible. They grow very fast and seed very freely. When I cut the young trees down, they are almost like a hollow tube, very lightweight, and the big leaves are almost like dried cardboard. Don's description of them as opportunistic trees is very informative. There is a gigantic one on the property next to us, and I hope it never falls toward our little house, it's just massive.

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paulgila

tetrapanax p. are very similiar in structrue & appearance,i wonder if they are related?

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amazondk

I was just reading up a bit on a Brazilian site about the cecropia. The roots, leaves and other parts of the plants are used as herbal medicine here. One of the main uses is for hypertension. And, the fruits are one of the favorites of sloths. They are sort of grape like in some varieties.

dk

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Jeff in St Pete

Since Paul is taking a break from posting photos, I thought I would go ahead and post a few more.

Later that night after our palm walk we went to Tin Jo - my favorite Asian restaurant in San Jose.

My dinner - Kung Pao chicken in a nest of fried yuca (that's a quail egg on top).

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Greg and Robert

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Paul and Jes

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Michael - our van driver

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Jeff in St Pete

Paul and Robert inside Tin Jo

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Outside the Restaurant

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After dinner, Michael took us to a place where there were many bars and restaurants all in the same area.

It was set up like an old Spanish Colonial village.

Some Archontophoenix in one of the courtyards

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Near the Archontophoenix, Paul spotted this Cycad. I think his exact words were "Oh look, a lone dead cycad, how nice..." :lol:

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Jeff in St Pete

Paul, Jes, and Greg

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All of us

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Robert and myself

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In front of the van

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Back at the San Jose house saying goodbye to Robert and Greg. They had to get up at 5am in the morning to catch an early flight back to the US. Needless to say, we didn't see them the next morning....

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Cindy Adair

cecropia are kinda cool. if anyone has seed send em to ari.

Yes please..... anyone???

Regards, Ari :)

Ari, we have lots of Cecropia in Puerto Rico so if I see seed I'll bring it back to Virginia (legal if clean and declared) mail it to you!

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Rafael

It must have been a quite instersting trip!

So many palms i ignored before :blink:

And Jeff looks to be an excelent amphytrion! :)

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paulgila

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heres on of my faves i forgot to post earlier.

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this is in san jose on the way back from the jungle hike.

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some kind of government building,government palms out front.

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paulgila

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we stopped to get a snack & happened to be right next to one of jeffs favorite nurseries.

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unfortunately they were closing the business & selling off all the stock. :(

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looks like it was an awesome place.

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paulgila

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there were still some big koi patrolling the waters of the pond.

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pinanga fruit.

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l.grandis with taller palms erupting thru the roof.

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cool little seating area out front,reminded me of indo-style.

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paulgila

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they only had enough materials for the front,it seems.

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heres tin jo. each room had decor from a different region of SE asia.

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this was what jes,had.

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& i had seafood in spicy red sauce.marginally spicy.

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paulgila

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street scene. not everything is as it seems,in this area. :lol:

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we stopped next at an area with bars & restos that was popular with the kids.

we sat where we could watch em getting carded & then frisked as they came in.

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this archonotphoenix was hard to miss with its white leaf-undersides.

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paulgila

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this shot gives you an idea of the circus atmosphere that would occur later when

the partying got going.

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coronas reminded us of home. when we lived in TJ :mrlooney:

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imperial beer gets the p.kelapa stamp of approval!

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soursop or custard apple is made into everything. the yogurt was actually quite good.

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paulgila

that day we said goodbye to robert & gregg,whose vacation was ending as ours was getting started.

from san jose we were heading off to manuel antonio!

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nice royal in the garden of the san jose house.

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before we left san jose jeff wanted to check out this large hotel with tons of huge d.madigascarinensis.

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jeff is it always this windy in san jose? i noticed when we flew back that it wasnt an easy landing.

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small heliconia sp. as ground cover.

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Jeff in St Pete

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jeff is it always this windy in san jose? i noticed when we flew back that it wasnt an easy landing.

Yes, it seems like it's always windy in San Jose. The first few times I went to photograph those D. madagascariensis it was so windy that the crowns were blowing sideways so I didn't want to take any pictures. It was a little windy the day we took these, but not as bad as before.

I've experienced a few scary landings in San Jose on those little planes... :sick:

Here are a few more photos of the D. madagascariensis lining the entrance drive to the Hotel Intercontinental in Escazú

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If you look close, you can see Paul

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MattyB

I'm really enjoying the pics. Thanks Paul, Jes, and Jeff. :)

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paulgila

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i had no idea these palms got so tall!

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finally on the way to manuel antonia.

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some native palms--acrocomia.

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paulgila

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we stopped at a roadside resto/fruit stand along the way.

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i was empanada-crazed.

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inventory control.

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green mangos.

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paulgila

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interesting fruit display method.

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one of my favorite tropical trees.

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roadside vendor taking a break & sampling his own wares.

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"crocodile river adventure." sounds like the lastest in theme park rides.

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paulgila

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they dont look that threatening from above--then we saw 2 get into a little spat & they can move FAST!

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it was a popular stop for tourists & locals alike.

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paulgila

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some pix of the coutry-side.

these are attalea,i believe.

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then we hit oil palm plantations--for miles...

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& miles...

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& miles.

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paulgila

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we arrived at jeffs safe & sound thanks to jeff & the driving conditions were not always ideal.

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immediately we start perusing his collection--some really cool stuff in there!

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jeffs place is divided into 4 small "apartments." heres the one we stayed in.

it was just right,said goldilocks.

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we found this lovely flower arrangement waiting for us.it lasted all week.

we met the wonderful lady who made it later in the trip.

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RainForestt Robert

Paul, glad to see that you and Jes had a great time in Costa Rica. Wonderful country with amazing sights, people and palms. Hope to make it back in the future. Really enjoying the travelog.

Pura Vida

Robert

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palmislandRandy

Thanks for the pics Paul. Makes me yearn to go back. Didja ever yearn, cause I'm doing some serious yearning. :)

Randy

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paulgila

thanks randy.there will be no yearning on this thread :angry:

:lol:

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Walter John

Great stuff Paul, I wanna go on a holiday now, it's my turn.

This was very surprising to see, I didn't know Michael (Newcal) was in Costa Rica. :unsure:

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If you don't believe me, have a look at his avatar... :lol:

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paulgila

:lol:

when are you gonna come to the USA? your reputation has preceded you,you need to catch up with it. :blink:

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paulgila

it seems he has a doppelganger.

creepy.

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paulgila

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the view of the ocean from the back patio at jeffs place.

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heres a lovely palm i've never met before,rhopaloblaste augusta.

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the path that leads to the beach.

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paulgila

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livistona,i believe.

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jeff has planted palms along the trail to the beach.

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heres a non-palm type of plant we saw all over the place.

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extreme close-up for thrill-seekers.

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paulgila

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jeff with some of the bentinckia nicobarica he has planted around the property.

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possibly pigafetta.

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maybe metroxylon.

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make up your own.

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paulgila

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areca triandra.

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eery disembodied hand.very supernatural & mysterious.

ok,it was jeffs.

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bali house!

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gate at the beach.

you had to give the secret password & it WASN'T "rosebud" so dont even try it.

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paulgila

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getting closer to the beach....

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now looking back...the excitement is nearly unbearable.

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beach.

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Kim

I love these long yarns you slowly spin about your travels. Works kinda like slow-release fertilizer... :rolleyes::)

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amazondk

Thanks again for the pictures Paul. I remember that gate quite well. Not to mention the beach. The non palm plants in post 115 are from the Marantaceae family. We have either the same one or one very similar growing around here. Manuel Antonio is a great place.

dk

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