Wednesday, August 01, 2007
The abundant number of large beautiful flowers on this unidentified tree was quite striking back in June. There are a lot of these trees around the Bosque, some very close to the reception center. I told myself that this was going to be the year to identify the tree but time slipped away and it's yet on my wish list. Not one local person I asked knew the name, which makes me believe that it has no particular use in their lives. It's estimated that there are more than 400 species of trees on the 110 hectares making up Bosque Santa Lucia. In the Amazon region, some authorities calculate up to 5,000! That's what tropical biodiversity is all about. In this immediate region it's said that only 120 or so species are used for lumber. Looking at the stacks of lumber for shipment at the deep water pier, it's seldom that I see more than a dozen or so.