Flora y fauna de Costa Rica

You knew this was coming… here’s the list of flora and fauna we’ve seen so far. We are very much enjoying the proximity of wildlife!

Los Animales

Anole: little lizards of different colors that cohabit with us and eat moths
Ant: regular, biting, leaf cutter, cleaner, and bullet
Anteater
Bananaquit
Bat
Bee, including blue orchid bees and giant ones
Beetles, including the tortoise beetle (red)
Brain coral… that’s an animal, right?
Butterfly, including heliconious, owl eye, and blue morpho
Cat
Chickens, of course
Coati, white nosed
Cow
Crab, including hermit
Cricket
Cucaracha, including a four-inch silvery behemoth
Damselfly, giant helicopter
Dogs
Dragonfly
Earwig
Firefly
Fish
Flies, and maggots
Frogs: green and black poison dart frog
Gecko, yellow headed
Goat
Grasshoppers: regular, with red knees, and ginormous
Great kiskadee, a yellow-headed bird
Green stinkbug
Hawk
Horse
Hummingbirds, including the violet sabrewing, purple throated mountain gem, and about 10 others
Iguana
Jaguarundi??
Jellyfish
Kinkajou (dead of unknown cause)
Monkey: howler, spider and capuchin
Mosquito
Moth
Oropendola, a bird with an amazing, pendulous nest
Parrot, screeching and larger green
Pelican
Scarlet rumped tanager (Passerini’s tanager)
Scorpion
Sloth, three toed
Snakes, including a small boa constrictor!
Spider, including banana, crablike spiny orb weaver, and some huge brown carapaced thing in the woodshed
Squirrel
Tick… darnit
Toucans, chestnut mandibled and keel-billed, always in pairs
Turtles
Violaceous Trogon, the bird with the best name!
Vultures, both turkey and black
Wasps, mostly stingless
Woodpecker, lineated
Wren, with her nest right by our house

Las plantas

Air potato… the spuds actually grow in the air on a vine!
Balsa (with feather duster looking dried pods)
Bamboo, halves of which are used for water and food troughs for the chickens
Banano, including cuadrales (four-sided), and seedy ones for the birds to eat… did you know that banana plants are herbs?
Beach grape, after which Punta Uva, or Grape Point, is named
Berry, furry and purple, of unknown name but tasty in panqueques (pancakes)
Breadfruit
Bromeliads
Bougainvillea
Cacao
Cas (sour guava)
Citronella
Coconut palms, including pipas
Coffee
Cranberry hibiscus, a delicious purple leaf
Culantro (cilantro but with big leaves)
Firebush, I think: dark berries and coral colored flowers
Gardenia
Ginger: red, white and torch
Golden trumpet
Guava, which I enjoyed until learning the fruits are often full of maggots
Heliconia
Hibiscus
Jackfruit
Jobo
Kapok / ceiba (the sacred tree of the indigenous Bribri)
Katuk (a nutty tasting green)
Lemon
Lemongrass
Lilies: spider, peace, and regular
Limes with an orange center… what the…?
Little milk star, with hallucinogenic properties
Mamón chino (aka rambutan)
Mandarino (actually lemons)
Mango
Miracle fruit (I didn’t get to taste it, unfortunately)
Morning glory
Mushroom
“Naked Indian” tree (or burnt gringo, if you prefer)
Nance
Noni
Orchids
Palms, including traveler’s, chunta, sweeta (spelling?), pejibaye (the little round fruits of which can be made into delicious hummus), and panama hat
Papaya
Passionfruit (maracuya)
Peppers, including Panamanian habanero, and sweet
Pineapple
Plantain
Poinsettia
Porterweed (strange, its small purple flower is at the middle of the stem)
Rattlesnake plant
Red dracaena
Root beer plant, which smells like it! Shampoo plant! The bracts can be squeezed for aromatic soap.
Soursop aka guanábana, which rot before ripening
Spinach, including Malabar, Pacific, and Brazilian
Sugar cane
Sweet potato, with edible leaves
Turmeric, the deep orange root
Water apple, not blooming
Yellow oleander

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