Flower Photos from Costa Rica
Enjoy the beauty of Costa Rica by seeing the flowers! There is an astounding variety of species showing many different flower shapes and colors. Going to a tropical garden is a must, and there are many of those here for visitors to see. You can also observe native plants and the variety that exists in the tropical and tropical dry forest regions, like in the Guanacaste province. There you can see several tree species blooming during the dry season. It is also interesting to go for walks in reserve areas to see the different types of flowering plants in their natural setting.
In this colorful article, there are 20 photos and one video that show the amazing variety of tropical flowers that can be found in gardens and the wild. I have even more photos in my Exotic Flowers of Costa Rica article here on HubPages. In the video at the end of this article, there are also photos of several butterflies and moths on the flowers.
In some of the photos, the identity of the flowers and plants are not given because I just don't know the names. It is not because I haven't looked. If anyone can help me in this regard, please let me know in the comments section so I can add more information. Also, If anyone is interested in purchasing copies of these photos, I am willing to sell in a large format, which would be suitable for calendars, wall prints and more. For almost all of the photos below, they are reduced to 800 x 600 pixels from the originals that are large format files. I can do a calendar of the photos as well.
The first section includes plants for which I don't know the names. Most of them are of wild plants found in the forests of Guanacaste province. The settings range from near the volcanoes Miravalles and Rincon de la Vieja, north to a zone near the Santa Rosa National Park, south of Liberia and along the beaches of the Pacific.
Unknown Flowers - Help Me Identify Them!
Unusual Flower Types
The odd beauty of these flowers make them fascinating. The pittaya flower is reminiscent of the alien Triffid plants, that were in the 1962 sci-fi film, "Day of the Triffids."
There are several species of trees that have outstanding blooms, some of which flower during the dry season in Guanacaste. There are others that bloom primarily during the wet season, from June to mid-December. Plantains, on the other hand, bloom year-round.
Costa Rica Tree Flower Photos
Resources for Flowering Plants and Trees of Costa Rica
This is the most useful guide for identification of Costa Rican plants. Plants are identified by photographs and there are no botanical keys. Most of the more common plants are found in this book.
This book has divisions based on the following categories: tall and small trees, vines, shrubs, grasses and more. on Subsection are organized based on the colors of flowers.
This Princeton field guide to trees of Costa Rica and Panama contains species distribution maps, scientific names, color photos and detailed descriptions. If you want detailed information, this is the book to have on hand.
Stunning Photos of Flowers from Costa Rica
Where is Costa Rica?
San José is the capital of this country in the center of this map. Most of the photos above were taken in the northwest part of the country.
See My Other Pages
1. Guanacaste Costa Rica - Mi Tierra, blog about various aspects of Guanacaste Province in Costa Rica, including photos of the natural environment and vacation locations.
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