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NEOTROPICAL Tropical & Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forest

The rainforests of tropical South and Central America have the highest diversity of plants in the world...

Family Proteaceae

Oreocallis grandiflora (image by Damon Ramsey)(Wayqecha Lodge, Peru)

Oreocallis grandiflora.

Family Orchidaceae

This orchid flower looks like a little man with a funny hat, screaming!

Epidendrum secundum, (Wayqecha Lodge, Peru).

(?) Cyrtochilum aureum (Wayqecha Lodge, Peru).

Order Malvales

Family Malvaceae

Yarina Lodge, Ecuador

Ceiba pentandra 'Kapok'. One of the biggest trees in the world. Found in Central America and northern South America (and West Africa?).

Family Verbenaceae

Stachytarpheta spp., 'Snakeweeds'

Stachytarpheta and Golden-tailed Hummingbird (image by Damon Ramsey)Stachytarpheta are popular with butterflies and hummingbirds (Amazonia Lodge, Peru).

Stachytarpheta is a large genus with over 100 species. They are found in Central and South America, with many species becoming weeds around the tropics of the world. Both native and introduced populations are often visted by butterflies and hummingbirds.

to identify...

For the page on the tropical American rainforest

My first trip after the virus is as Expedition leader in Tasmania with Coral Expeditions (March), followed by my role as biologist guest lecturer on the Great Barrier Reef (April) and Expedition Leader in the Kimberley (in May). If you can't go travelling until everything settles down, then until then, here I am doing online guided walks for Noble Caledonia and online lectures for Silversea.