Archive for 'Malvaceae'

Sterculia africana ssp. socotrana

Sterculia africana ssp. socotrana

For me the trail to the Hoq cave was so much more interesting than the cave itself, as here you’ll see incredible specimens of so many endemic species like the sterculia africana ssp. socotrana tree which I did not encounter elsewhere during my 14 day journey throughout the island.

Pavonia sidifolia

My last day at Pousada Xaraés, and finally some rain! Not torrential, but at least sufficient to get the ground wet and muddy in some places. As I’m soon to leave, I stay close to the buildings and find lots of plant species new to me.

Pavonia sidifolia

My last day at Pousada Xaraés, and finally some rain! Not torrential, but at least sufficient to get the ground wet and muddy in some places. As I’m soon to leave, I stay close to the buildings and find lots of plant species new to me.

Sida linearifolia

The soil on this part of Pantanal (between Corumbá and Miranda) is in many places fine sand – just like a desert or a beach. Just after a couple of hundred metres on the private road leading to Pousada Xaraés you’ll encounter the deep sand – only passable by large trucks and 4x4s. It was […]

Sida linearifolia

The soil on this part of Pantanal (between Corumbá and Miranda) is in many places fine sand – just like a desert or a beach. Just after a couple of hundred metres on the private road leading to Pousada Xaraés you’ll encounter the deep sand – only passable by large trucks and 4x4s. It was […]

Wild cocoa (Herrania mariae)

Wild cocoa (Herrania mariae)

The fruit starts off in an upright position, and as it matures, and the weight increases, gravity will eventually win and drag it to a hanging position. This tree had no mature fruits – perhaps someone had picked them for personal consumption?

Wild cocoa (Herrania mariae)

Wild cocoa (Herrania mariae)

The inflorescence of the Herrania is otherwordly beautiful and mysterious, and unlike any I have encountered. Of course there are countless beauties in the primary forest of Yasuni, but most are in the canopy. The wild cocoa has a different strategy that makes it so accessible to passers by like me – on the dark […]

San Isidro plant 04 (Sida sp)

Altitude 2112 metres. Please help me classify it – leave a comment 🙂

San Isidro plant 04 (Sida sp)

Altitude 2112 metres. Please help me classify it – leave a comment 🙂