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Exotic Flower Photos From Costa Rica

Randy has a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from U. of Wisconsin and practices his craft at universities and USDA-Agricultural Research Service.

Flower inflorescence of unknown identity in the Blue River tropical garden.

Flower inflorescence of unknown identity in the Blue River tropical garden.

During the last five years, I have had the opportunity to see many different things while living in Costa Rica. As a former plant pathologist, botany has always been an interest, as well as the biological diversity that can be seen in the forests near where I live, Liberia in Guanacaste province.

You find exotic flowers in many different places. There are resorts that have beautiful gardens, like Blue River Resort, a hot springs-spa that is in northern Alejuela province, bordering Guanacaste. Several of the photos you will see below are part of the ornamental garden that adjoins a butterfly garden.

A diminuitive flower of a dryland shrub on the rocky soil near the Rio Colorado near the town called Currubande.  This location is also near the resort Cañon de la Vieja.

A diminuitive flower of a dryland shrub on the rocky soil near the Rio Colorado near the town called Currubande. This location is also near the resort Cañon de la Vieja.

Damiana flower and plant.  The leaves are the active component.

Damiana flower and plant. The leaves are the active component.

The Damiana Flower

Damiana is a common weed in the Guanacaste province. It is a rather ordinary looking flower, but it has a reputation as being used by some because it has mind-altering properties and it is also purported as being an aphrodisiac. I haven't tried it, in either of these senses, but it is well known in this region for its mind-altering properties. Regardless, it seems that most of the residents of the region prefer other mind-altering substances for their diversion.

Exotic Flowers from the Blue River Resort

This tropical garden at Blue River is on the northeast slope of the Rincon de la Vieja volcano. It is about 150 meters by 50 meters in area and has various types of bananas, plantains, ornamental bananas, many varieties in the ginger family and many plants that I don't have a clue as to what they are. The garden is a nice place to sit and watch the birds and hummingbirds. There is also a mud spa and sauna area next to the garden, and at its far end, there is the butterfly enclosure.

Below are a few of the Heliconia flowers in that garden. Other photos from this location follow further down, including an orchid picture from the orchid garden area.

Heliconia wagneriana flower.

Heliconia wagneriana flower.

Unknown Heliconia species.

Unknown Heliconia species.

Heliconia pendula inflorescence.

Heliconia pendula inflorescence.

More Flowers

The rest of the flowers below were found in various locations in Guanacaste province. The caption for each photo gives the relevant information.

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A common ornamental.  Part of the landscaping around a hot springs resort near Miravalles volcano.  Butterflies like this flower.

A common ornamental. Part of the landscaping around a hot springs resort near Miravalles volcano. Butterflies like this flower.

A common vine flower in the dry forest of Guanacaste during the dry season.  This was found near Nacoscolo Resort near Playa Coco.

A common vine flower in the dry forest of Guanacaste during the dry season. This was found near Nacoscolo Resort near Playa Coco.

An uknown flower and an uknown butterfly visitor.  Taken near Blue River Resort.

An uknown flower and an uknown butterfly visitor. Taken near Blue River Resort.

Uknown ornamental shrub at Blue River Resort.

Uknown ornamental shrub at Blue River Resort.

A small tree found near the Papagayo Peninsula parking lot.  It makes large seed pods.

A small tree found near the Papagayo Peninsula parking lot. It makes large seed pods.

A medium-sized tree bloom.  Taken on the Santa Elena Peninsula near La Cruz.

A medium-sized tree bloom. Taken on the Santa Elena Peninsula near La Cruz.

A common ornamental, yellow elder (Tecoma stans).  It looks exotic when it simultaneously has blooms and seed pods.  Taken in Liberia.

A common ornamental, yellow elder (Tecoma stans). It looks exotic when it simultaneously has blooms and seed pods. Taken in Liberia.

Blooms on the inflourescene of the nance tree (Byrsonima crassifolia).  Common in the very dry forestland of Guanacaste.  The fruit is eaten fresh, pickled in rum or made into ice cream.

Blooms on the inflourescene of the nance tree (Byrsonima crassifolia). Common in the very dry forestland of Guanacaste. The fruit is eaten fresh, pickled in rum or made into ice cream.

White spotted orchid from the Blue River orchid garden.

White spotted orchid from the Blue River orchid garden.

I previously published an article about the flowers of Costa Rica, which is quite popular. I am adding to that library of photos here in this article. For many of these flowers, I do not know the names. I will add them as time and my research permits. If there is anyone who is viewing this article who knows any of the unnamed flowers, please comment below.

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About the Photography

Most of these photos were taken with a Sony alpha 200 camera fitted with a macro-zoom lens, however I also have a Sony WSC-100 point and shoot that takes excellent photos of 8 GB resolution. Currently, I am enjoying taking photos with a Sony A57 camera (16.6 Mp) and am using a variety of high-quality lenses. As time permits, I will add more photos for your viewing pleasure.

The Region Where The Photos Were Taken

© 2013 Randy McLaughlin

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