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Flower Photos From Costa Rica

There is an astounding variety of plant species in Costa Rica, yielding flowers in many different 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. If they leave you wanting more, check out these Exotic Flowers of Costa Rica. 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.

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.

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Taken from the hills above Playa Arellana, a popular surfing beach.

Taken from the hills above Playa Arellana, a popular surfing beach.

Flower from a ground vine that is a common weed, but it is simply elegant.  Photo taken south of Liberia.

Flower from a ground vine that is a common weed, but it is simply elegant. Photo taken south of Liberia.

The exotic flower of a vine that was climbing up the tree whose flower is immediately below.  Photo taken at Las Hornillas crater.

The exotic flower of a vine that was climbing up the tree whose flower is immediately below. Photo taken at Las Hornillas crater.

The flower of a small tree.  The vine tip is part of the plant that made the unusual flower in the photo above.

The flower of a small tree. The vine tip is part of the plant that made the unusual flower in the photo above.

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.

Pitaya (Stenocereus queretaroensis) cactus flower which only opens at night for bats and moths to pollinate.  The fruit makes a delicious cod drink.  Location: Between Caas Dulce and Buena Vista in Guanacaste

Pitaya (Stenocereus queretaroensis) cactus flower which only opens at night for bats and moths to pollinate. The fruit makes a delicious cod drink. Location: Between Caas Dulce and Buena Vista in Guanacaste

Pitaya bud before opening.  It is very common to see pitaya growing on rock walls.

Pitaya bud before opening. It is very common to see pitaya growing on rock walls.

Jicaro (calabash tree, Crescentia alata) flowers.  The jicaro makes gourd-like fruit all along the trunk.  These jicaro gourds can be decorated or used as drinking vessels.  The gourds can get as large as 7-8 inches in diameter, but they are more com

Jicaro (calabash tree, Crescentia alata) flowers. The jicaro makes gourd-like fruit all along the trunk. These jicaro gourds can be decorated or used as drinking vessels. The gourds can get as large as 7-8 inches in diameter, but they are more com

Commonly known as labios de puta (Psychotria poeppigiana), this flower can be found on treks in the wild in mountainous forests and it can also be in tropical gardens.

Commonly known as labios de puta (Psychotria poeppigiana), this flower can be found on treks in the wild in mountainous forests and it can also be in tropical gardens.

Brugmansia suaveolens, which has leaves with psychotropic substances as do other species of this genus. This is a common garden plant.

Brugmansia suaveolens, which has leaves with psychotropic substances as do other species of this genus. This is a common garden plant.

Believed to be Combretum farinosum. This flower, when it is green, is a major source of nectar for hummingbirds.  Found near Quebrada Grande in Guanacaste province.  Ticos call it "cepillo" because it resembles a brush.

Believed to be Combretum farinosum. This flower, when it is green, is a major source of nectar for hummingbirds. Found near Quebrada Grande in Guanacaste province. Ticos call it "cepillo" because it resembles a brush.

Monstera deliciosa flower.  Spathe-type flowers are not unusual, but this one is especially large.  Found on the campus of the University of Costa Rica.

Monstera deliciosa flower. Spathe-type flowers are not unusual, but this one is especially large. Found on the campus of the University of Costa Rica.

Tree Flowers

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.

An unusually prolific bloom on a malinche tree (royal ponciano, Delonix regia) in Tamarindo.  There are usually scattered blooms mixed in with the foliage.  This leguminous tree makes a bean pod that is almost a meter long.

An unusually prolific bloom on a malinche tree (royal ponciano, Delonix regia) in Tamarindo. There are usually scattered blooms mixed in with the foliage. This leguminous tree makes a bean pod that is almost a meter long.

"Cortez amarilla" tree (Tabebuia ochracea).    The flowers are beautiful, if only for a few days in late February to the end of March.  They have flowers during the dry season when they don't have leaves in Guanacaste.

"Cortez amarilla" tree (Tabebuia ochracea). The flowers are beautiful, if only for a few days in late February to the end of March. They have flowers during the dry season when they don't have leaves in Guanacaste.

"Roble sabana," scientifically known as Tabebuia rosea.  This close-up shows the beautiful detail of the flowers.  Like Tabebula ochracea, it also blooms during the dry season.  This tree usually blooms the first week of February around Liberia.

"Roble sabana," scientifically known as Tabebuia rosea. This close-up shows the beautiful detail of the flowers. Like Tabebula ochracea, it also blooms during the dry season. This tree usually blooms the first week of February around Liberia.

Madero negro, Gliricidia sepium,  Close-up of the indeterminate florescence.  These trees are one of the species used for living fence posts in the country.

Madero negro, Gliricidia sepium, Close-up of the indeterminate florescence. These trees are one of the species used for living fence posts in the country.

Plantain flower.  There are several varieties. When green, it is delicious fried and eaten with bean dip.  When mature, it can be added to soups and sliced and fried to go as a sweet side dish for any meal.

Plantain flower. There are several varieties. When green, it is delicious fried and eaten with bean dip. When mature, it can be added to soups and sliced and fried to go as a sweet side dish for any meal.

A male flower from a Cercropia species.  Male and female flowers are produced on separate trees.  Commonly called the Yagrumo.  These trees have many uses. They also exhibit myrmecophytism, a mutualistic relationship formed with Azteca ant colonies.

A male flower from a Cercropia species. Male and female flowers are produced on separate trees. Commonly called the Yagrumo. These trees have many uses. They also exhibit myrmecophytism, a mutualistic relationship formed with Azteca ant colonies.

Cashew flowers, fruit and nut.  Cashews are called mariñon and you can make a refreshing beverage from the fruit.

Cashew flowers, fruit and nut. Cashews are called mariñon and you can make a refreshing beverage from the fruit.

Plumeria rubra, a native species found in Guanacaste province.  Known as "juche" in Costa Rica and as frangipani in other parts of the world.

Plumeria rubra, a native species found in Guanacaste province. Known as "juche" in Costa Rica and as frangipani in other parts of the world.

"Cañas fistula," scientifically known as Cassia fistula.  Blooms around mid-March in Guanacaste, give or take a month.

"Cañas fistula," scientifically known as Cassia fistula. Blooms around mid-March in Guanacaste, give or take a month.

Flowers that litter the florest floor in late May and June in Guanacaste province.  The tree has broad, heart-shaped leaves and a small green fruit.

Flowers that litter the florest floor in late May and June in Guanacaste province. The tree has broad, heart-shaped leaves and a small green fruit.

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Comments

Randy McLaughlin (author) from Liberia, Costa Rica on October 18, 2013:

André - the flower shown in the seventh spot is not 6 inches across, it is rather around 1 inch or so. It is from one of several trees, both small and large, that are in the legume family that can be found in Costa Rica. These flowers are very much like that of the mimosa. Do you have a photo?

André Lewis on October 18, 2013:

I have been looking everywhere to find the name of the flower that for the first time I saw on Internet. It is the seventh shot in your video.. It looks like an orange ball of about 6 inches across. I found a few in The Quepos area, was growing from a tree. Do you know the name it is amazing...

Randy McLaughlin (author) from Liberia, Costa Rica on March 27, 2013:

Valene - yes, the Madera Negra is in the legume family. It is surprising to me how many of the trees here in Costa Rica are within this family. Not all of their flowers are amazing, but they are interesting nevertheless.

Vidwizcit - ok, more power to you.

Vidwizcit on March 08, 2013:

We accustomed to get at the top of life nevertheless lately I've developed the resistance.

Valene from Missouri on February 07, 2013:

Beautiful! That one plant that is used as a fence post I think must be a sort of legume, maybe in the Fabaceae family.

Randy McLaughlin (author) from Liberia, Costa Rica on December 02, 2012:

The tree flowers are more prominent during the dry season, so in early March there are still quite a few blooming, like Malinche, Plumeria and some species of Roble Sabana. There usually are few or no leaves on the trees during the peak of the dry season. Madero negro blooms earlier. The rainy season begins around mid-March, and then it doesn't rain that much, usually afternoon and evening showers. Most of the herbaceous perennials begin blooming in earnest mid-April onward, even pitahaya.

David! on December 02, 2012:

When is the month with the most flowers on Guanacaste?! I am thinking early March??

Gorgeous pics!!!

Randy McLaughlin (author) from Liberia, Costa Rica on July 13, 2012:

I find it a very interesting place. There are always interesting things to explore and do.

Imogen French from Southwest England on July 13, 2012:

What beautiful pictures, Costa Rica looks like an amazing place to live

Randy McLaughlin (author) from Liberia, Costa Rica on June 06, 2012:

Hi Peggy, I am happy you enjoyed my photos. You can see more on Red Gage (RandyM) and guanacastecostarica-mitierra.blogspot.com.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 06, 2012:

What gorgeous flowers! Costa Rica is a place that I would love to visit someday. I was unfamiliar with most of these flowers...so what a treat to see them in your photos. I just started the video. Will have to come back and finish it when I have more time. Would be a pleasant 8 minutes of time spent. Thanks! Voted up and beautiful.

Randy McLaughlin (author) from Liberia, Costa Rica on April 17, 2012:

Thanks gramarye! I have some flower photos on Redgage, but I am not duplicating content between the sites. For those who want to see my content there, my user name is RandyM.

gramarye from Adelaide - Australia on April 17, 2012:

Hi Randy,

Beautiful pictures - have you put them on RedGage?

Derdriu on January 31, 2012:

Randy, What an enticing, fascinating, riveting introduction to Costa Rica's colorful, stunning, unusual flowers! The commentary and the photos coordinate well with each other to give potential visitors an inviting look at the country's unique floral output. It's particularly helpful to have the use and wildlife associations, such as savannah oaks blooming in the dry season and plantain food preparation choices.

Thank you for sharing, etc.,

Derdriu

Jessie T. Ponce on August 22, 2011:

Very interesting hub. "labios de puta" - what a name for a nice flower, although I can see why. Thanks Randy.

Randy McLaughlin (author) from Liberia, Costa Rica on July 30, 2011:

True. There is a good monograph on Brugmansia on the website: http://www.biopark.org/peru/toe.html. But, I wasn't aware that datura was a common name for it. This brings up the point - we shouldn't confuse Datura species, like Datura stramonium, with this species. There is a good website for the comparison between the two in Spanish: http://plantas.facilisimo.com/foros/plantas-y-flor...

hornofhawthorn from Raleigh NC on July 30, 2011:

the psychotropic plant...datura...also known as the green goddess...considered sacred in some cultures.