Acostea species Cerro Azul, Panama

At the top of Cerro Azul, near Panama City there is a very nice area that almost feels like a park. It is filled with smaller trees that seem old, yet most are not very tall. It is very quiet there and the walking is easy.  It makes for a nice peaceful day to walk around and photograph plants.  While the mountain is high enough to get a lot of mist from clouds rolling in, you could always tell that the area goes through dry spells. There are not as many pleurothallids as you might expect and the ones you do find have older dried leaves. The nearby Cerro Jefe is the type locality for Pleurothallis dressleri, so I always have some hope to run across a large flowering specimen of that species. On this trip there was more hope, as I did find some Lepanthes species and this Acostea species. It could be A. costaricensis, but these minute flowered species are so hard to tell apart in the field. You can see that it doesn’t have an easy life with many of it’s leaves dead and dried. This was the first time that I have seen an Acostea species in the wild. It’s funny how they seem more attractive and deserving of attention when you see how they grow naturally.

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