During the first trip that I arranged for Pathfinder Travels to Costa Rica, we were walking down from the main ridge on Cerro Echandi to our base camp. At around 2550 meters I saw tiny Lepanthes leafs on a small oaktree that were growing on a very steep slope. Me and Daniel realized quickly that it´s a new species. The plants, about 1o of them were growing 40 – 100 cm up on the trunk, from the ground level.
Here you can see the first pictures I took of this Lepanthes species. It´s now at the Lankester Botanical Gardens in Costa Rica.
The new Lepanthes sp. Here compared to a finger.
New Lepanthes sp. Cerro Echandi 2550 meters.
New Lepathes sp.
Cerro Echandi seen here from the summit of Cerro Chai. We had our basecamp were the first branch of the tree (lower right in the picture) touches the ridge. The same ridge were we found the new Lepanthes sp.
Untouched rainforest on the lower slopes of Cerro Echandi.
I have been busy with so many things since the latest expeditions in Costa Rica. But now I have the inspiration and energy to make many updates to this blog.
So here I start with a teaser.
The views from the summit of Cerro Echandi – Costa Rica/Panama. Stunning views towards north and Cerro Fábrega in Panama. Cerro Echandi is 3162 meters high. Not a view you see often as there are not many people that have been to the summit.
Summit view from Cerro Echandi. Enlarge the picture for details.
Me on the ridge between Cerro Ikribi and the western ridge of Cerro Echandi.
There will be more very soon…
Now I am in Costa Rica finally. Together with Daniel I have been exploring the rainforest around Tapanti already. Soon the people from Sweden that we are going to guide here is arriving. It´s a trip that I have arranged for Pathfinder Travels in Sweden.
During a hike yesterday we found some very interesting Lepanthes sp. One at least, is a new species.
Here are some In Situ pictures:
In a few days I will be in Costa Rica. I have arranged a trip for Pathfinder Travels in Sweden. Together with two guides me and nine customers will explore untouched rainforests. Hopefully we will see many orchids and other plants, animals etc. I will try to update this website every time we have WiFi connection.
Here a short “teaser” film from the latest trip with researchers from the Botanical Garden in Gothenburg/Sweden to Colombia.
When me, Daniel and Eugenio were exploring the cloudforest of Cerro Arbolado we found several new Lepanthes species. Now some have been published and here you can read about this:
Here Lepanthes durikaensis is published.
Lepanthes species Peru. Here is some pictures of a Lepanthes sp that comes from Peru. I don´t know were it grows but will try to get more information about it. The lovely small flowers have beautiful colors. It flowers all the time. Flower size 4mm. More info and pictures soon.
Platystele microtatantha (Schltr.) Garay 1967. Here compared to a ballpoint pen. This orchid species is one of the smallest in the world. It grows in Costa Rica and Panama. I grow this species on a small piece of Redwood bark. It grown next to the fogger. Temperatures in the vivaria Min +10°C to Max 19°C.
Would be interesting to do a serious comparison between Platystele microtatantha, Platystele tica (That I found in Choco, Colombia.) and Platystele jungermannioides that is supposed to be the smallest.