Dave Looks for Plants

Journal of a plant explorer

Exploring the Osa Peninsula


The next day we worked our way back south to Puerto Jimenez with some side trips along the way to look for Costus. We went to a place in the lowlands along the Rio Barrigones where I found lots of Costus lima all along the river.  Someone had been busy with a machete.

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In closer to town we saw a dwarf form of Costus pulverulentus, very different from the compact ones I have seen in Panama and Colombia.  Once back home, Catherine and Reinaldo sorted through the plants that he had collected and Reinaldo showed his son Nilo a stick insect they had found.

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Ten years later, and you will see a much older Nilo on Reinaldo’s Facebook pages, still learning about plants and nature from his father.


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