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!
Anole: little lizards of different colors that cohabit with us and eat moths
Ant: regular, biting, leaf cutter, cleaner, and bullet
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
Chickens, of course
Coati, white nosed
Crab, including hermit
Cucaracha, including a four-inch silvery behemoth
Damselfly, giant helicopter
Flies, and maggots
Frogs: green and black poison dart frog
Gecko, yellow headed
Grasshoppers: regular, with red knees, and ginormous
Great kiskadee, a yellow-headed bird
Hummingbirds, including the violet sabrewing, purple throated mountain gem, and about 10 others
Kinkajou (dead of unknown cause)
Monkey: howler, spider and capuchin
Oropendola, a bird with an amazing, pendulous nest
Parrot, screeching and larger green
Scarlet rumped tanager (Passerini’s tanager)
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
Toucans, chestnut mandibled and keel-billed, always in pairs
Violaceous Trogon, the bird with the best name!
Vultures, both turkey and black
Wasps, mostly stingless
Wren, with her nest right by our house
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)
Cas (sour guava)
Coconut palms, including pipas
Cranberry hibiscus, a delicious purple leaf
Culantro (cilantro but with big leaves)
Firebush, I think: dark berries and coral colored flowers
Ginger: red, white and torch
Guava, which I enjoyed until learning the fruits are often full of maggots
Kapok / ceiba (the sacred tree of the indigenous Bribri)
Katuk (a nutty tasting green)
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)
Miracle fruit (I didn’t get to taste it, unfortunately)
“Naked Indian” tree (or burnt gringo, if you prefer)
Palms, including traveler’s, chunta, sweeta (spelling?), pejibaye (the little round fruits of which can be made into delicious hummus), and panama hat
Peppers, including Panamanian habanero, and sweet
Porterweed (strange, its small purple flower is at the middle of the stem)
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
Sweet potato, with edible leaves
Turmeric, the deep orange root
Water apple, not blooming