www.mobot.org Research Home | Search | Contact | Site Map  
 
Research
W³TROPICOS
QUICK SEARCH

MO PROJECTS:
Africa
Asia/Pacific
Mesoamerica
North America
South America
Floras
General Taxonomy
Photo Essays
Training in Latin
  America

MO RESEARCH:
Wm. L. Brown Center
Bryology
GIS
Graduate Studies
Research Experiences
  for Undergraduates

Imaging Lab
Library
MBG Press
Publications
Climate Change
Catalog Fossil Plants
MO DATABASES:
W³MOST
Image Index
Rare Books
Angiosperm
  Phylogeny

Res Botanica
All Databases
INFORMATION:
What's New?
People at MO
Visitor's Guide
Herbarium
Jobs & Fellowships
Symposium
Research Links
Site Map
Search

Projects

Latin American Plant Gallery

Click on images to enlarge.

 Luffa aegyptiacaLuffa aegyptiaca Mill. (Cucurbitaceae)
Luffa aegyptiaca Mill. (Cucurbitaceae) growing on the beach near Herradura in Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica. This is the source of the loofah or vegetable sponge/body scrubber. It grows wild (escaped) and is cultivated in Costa Rica and other parts of Latin America, but is native to the Old World.
 Heliconia Heliconia L. (Musaceae)
A Heliconia L. (Musaceae) collected by A. H. Gentry in 1979, from the Chocó region in Colombia.
 Heliconia nutansHeliconia nutans Woodson (Heliconiaceae)
Heliconia nutans Woodson (Heliconiaceae) growing in Chiriqui Province, Panama. This taxon is common in the mountains of eastern Costa Rica and western Panama.
 Hylocereus costaricensisHylocereus costaricensis (F.A.C. Weber) Britton & Rose (Cactaceae)
Like most species of Cactaceae (cactus) from non-desert areas, this specimen of Hylocereus costaricensis (F.A.C. Weber) Britton & Rose is epiphytic, i.e., grows on the branches of trees. It blooms in June in Costa Rica, at the beginning of the rainy season.
 Hylocereus costaricensisHylocereus costaricensis (F.A.C. Weber) Britton & Rose (Cactaceae)
Costa Rica has no deserts and most of the ca. 40 species of cacti there grow in very wet areas as epiphytes (on the branches and trunks of trees). This species, Hylocereus costaricensis (F.A.C. Weber) Britton & Rose, is also an epiphyte, but it grows on the relatively dry Pacific slope.
 Hylocereus costaricensisHylocereus costaricensis (F.A.C. Weber) Britton & Rose (Cactaceae)
This is the edible (and delicious!) fruit of Hylocereus costaricensis (F.A.C. Weber) Britton & Rose, which is known locally as pitaya. Lamentably and unaccountably, it is no longer common (or even seen) in Costa Rican markets.
 MarcgraviaceaeMarcgraviaceae
A plant in the Marcgraviaceae family, collected in Colombia.
 MerianiaMeriania sp. (Melastomataceae)
Meriania sp. (Melastomataceae) growing along the road to Mocoa in southern Colombia, near the border with Ecuador. Bright orange is an unusual color for this family of typically white- to red- or magenta-flowered species.
 MerianiaMeriania sp. (Melastomataceae)
Meriania sp. growing along the road to Mocoa. This family is easy to recognize by the striking venation of its leaves.
PAGE 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

 
 
© 1995-2014 Missouri Botanical Garden, All Rights Reserved
P.O. Box 299, St. Louis, MO 63166-0299
(314) 577-5100

E-mail
Technical Support