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RainForestt Robert

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The shadehouses at Marco's farm held all manner of treasures. This J. altifrons was given the eye over more than Presidential candidates.

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Trinidad!  Southernmost island in the Caribbean.

So many plants, So little space.

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This crownshaft was particularly striking.

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Dictyosperma album. I wish mine look as nice some day.

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There were a number of cycads on the farm. These Dioons were looking pretty beefy.

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More plant sentinels.

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Marco Herrero always looked as if he had just stepped off a Hollywood movie set.

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Macrozamias. Anyone can id the species? Very impressive.

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Just before we left this Boa constrictor was receiving a lot of attention. The mention of snakes at the welcome dinner really got everyone's attention. It certainly was a deterrent for me stepping off paths to look for seeds :D! Thankfully no one was bitten during the biennial.

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That's it for Marco's farm.

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When we arrived at the other farm, one of the first things that stood out was this group of Pigafettas!!!

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Bill Sanford, BS Man about Palms, was soon wondering if this Pheonicophorium borsigianum would grow outdoors in Cali. He stood in his shoes and he wondered, and wondered ....................

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I was awestruck by this Marojejya darianii. How the *&^$ can I fit this onto my postage size lot. I may have to move, just so I can grow this palm.

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Not trunking yet.

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The leaves must have been over 20 feet long. I'm a shade over 6 ft.

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Areca vestiara. Somehow I missed the A. vestiara highway. I am so happy that many others are posting photos so we can see the biennial from different individuals points of views. No one person could catch everything.

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Calyptrogyne ghiesbreghtiana. Nice new leaf. I was told that this is a bigger palm than Asterogyne martian, the inflorescence does not branch and they extend beyond the leaves.

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Heliconia rostrata

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Pinanga coronata

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Licualas

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Look at the size of the pots for those Licualas. Imagine buying these for a gallon price~

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When I saw these Ptychospermas with the red new leaf, I expressed an interest in some seeds. Mr. Herrero escorted me to collect seeds. I cannot overstress how accomodating these brothers were.

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Seeds!

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The zippies contained seeds that were collected for distribution to the attendees. I was really impressed when someone decided that they would identify the seeds.

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This V. splendida seedling looked picture perfect.

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Anthuriums were everywhere.

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That's all for now.

RainForestt Robert

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Bob, you really captured some of the best shots. Thanks. (Calyptrogyne ghiesbreghtiana.. one of my favorites!)

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Bob, you really captured some of the best shots. Thanks. (Calyptrogyne ghiesbreghtiana.. one of my favorites!)

Too bad we can't grow it in the ground in South Florida, I understand it really hates our calcareous soil.

Moose Knuckle

Coral Gables, FL 8 miles North of Fairchild USDA Zone 10B

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Bob, you really captured some of the best shots. Thanks. (Calyptrogyne ghiesbreghtiana.. one of my favorites!)

Coral Gables, FL 8 miles North of Fairchild USDA Zone 10B

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Too bad we can't plant it in the ground in South Florida. I understand it does not like our calcareous soil.

Moose Knuckle.

Coral Gables, FL 8 miles North of Fairchild USDA Zone 10B

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Robert,

I'm really enjoying all the great photos! Almost like being there again! And go ahead and plant a Marojejya....what's the worst thing that could happen??? :lol:

Bo-Göran

Leilani Estates, 25 mls/40 km south of Hilo, Big Island of Hawai'i. Elevation 880 ft/270 m. Average rainfall 140 inches/3550 mm

 

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The shadehouses at the Herrero farm always seem to hold some treasure. Here is Faith Bishook, Paul and Patty Craft, Mr. Herrero (owner) and Ryan looking for some loot.

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Jayanne Crawly in the foreground, with Kathryn (Sexy Pink) and Craig lurking in the background.

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Jayanne won my personal style award.

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This photo demonstrates the Bo Lunkdvist method of germinating seeds. Throw it on some dirt and check back later. Oh, these are foxtails, how difficult can that be?

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Zamia fairchildiana, one of the native cycads of Costa Rica. Seeing cycads in habitat was new for me and one of the highlights of the trip.

Female with cone

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Another cycad, the ubiquitous Zamia furfuracea. This one was a male.

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This Licuala ramsayi looked great. That is not saying much. Everything here looked spectacular. I really can't remember any bad looking palms.

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Gronophyllum pinangoides. Unlike the first I saw, these were loaded with seed. I think I might have collected a few. OK, I admit, somebody threw out the words "seed whores" to describe some members of our party. But we have since all gone to church and been redeemed, at least till the next biennial.

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Majesty palms should look like this, otherwise no royal adjectives should apply ....

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I tried to find someone to id this palm for me but had no luck. The leaflets were pretty fine and the new leaves were pinkish. Anyone wants to give it a shot? Somehow I will not be surprised if someone says Dypsis ????

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By this time the whistle was blowing, indicating that it was time to head back to the bus. I was beginning to think that this biennial was going to be worth the sacrifices I made to get there. And the first day was not even over.

I saw this monster of a plant. An id would be welcome again.

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Robert, excellent photos! I'm enjoying seeing things that I missed. I can't wait to see more!

Formerly Jeff in Costa Rica
 

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Calyptrocalyx polyphyllus. I know I posted photos of this palm before, but I just love the red leaves. If you are oversaturated with red leaves, you might want to turn away before I get to the Welfias. :blink:

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Last photo from the Herrero farm, Phoenicophorium borsigianum again.

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On the way to the farms we had passed by the jail. On the way back I took these photos of the jail and family members visiting loved ones.

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The only loved one's the attendees are lining up to see is their lunch. After an intensive morning of palm gazing, seed collecting and schmoozing, it was time for lunch. Since everyone was eating together the lines were long.

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La Hoagie was a great sport. All palm lover's spouses should be like her. AAA rated.

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Some decided that an Imperial was the way to start off lunch.

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Others decided that patience would be rewarded

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BS Man about Palms seemed to be everywhere!

I decided that since the lines were long I should begin lunch with dessert. The Tres Leches was absolutely sinful, just the way that I like it. My steak was a little too rare for my taste and the Coke tasted nothing like Coke. Dessert was definitely the highlight of the meal for me.

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Costa Rican families enjoying a Sunday afternoon.

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The Searle's had a special moment before we headed off in the bus.

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By the time we made it to InBioparque I was a bit tired. Palm overload had set in. Our group was assembled in small auditorium and looked at film about Costa Rica and Biodiversity. For those who did not attend Costa Rica has .03% of the world's land mass but 4% of its flora and fauna. As part of Central America, Costa Rica essentially was a bridge for flora and fauna between N&S America. CR has numerous climatic zones that allow for a variety of plant and animal life. Apart from being a tourist attraction InBioparque is involved in research for the utilization of CR plant resources. In theory, I should have enjoyed InBioparque. In reality, I was tired, my feet hurt and I was going through the motions.

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Red Alcantera imperialis

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