View looking from the river to the top of TropicRiverWoods


What a great trip we had June 5th to June 9th, 2008!  The weather could not have been more perfect; raining during the afternoon and most of the night, keeping both the temperatures and humidity low.  Even though funds have been short of late, the trees and plants don't notice; they keep growing by feet each month it seems!


The Pine Forest section of TropicRiverWoods is really taking shape


Filiberto continues to find wonderful understory plants and flowers to add along all of the trails and the entranceway further enhancing the beauty that has become TropicRiverWoods Botanical Garden.  With each additional plant, the land becomes more cathedral-like every day.

Some of the plants that we had given up hope on are coming into their own due to a more consistent rainfall and less heat load being placed on them.  It is also becoming more difficult to take pictures of individual plants as their height precludes close-ups in many cases.  However, check out the TRACKING PAGE when you get a chance to see the progression of the garden.

What follows, is a photographic record of our June, 2008
TropicRiverWoods project findings.

Beautiful red Etlingera elatior

This is a Torch Ginger, Etlingera elatior, that we bought two years ago during our day-trip to David, Panama Etlingera elatior


Filiberto and his crew are adding drainage ditches (zanhas) to all of the pathways to prevent erosion and landslides.

Drainage along the staircase

Drainage along the walkway

Drainage along the walkways

The growth of the trees is becoming even more impressive as is the addition of understory flora

            Noni tree, Morinda citrifolia                  Noni Fruit close-up, Morinda citrifolia

Morinda citrifolia

Pine trees growing at TropicRiverWoods Botanical Gardens Laurel trees and breadfruit tree, Articarpus Once barren land now has laurel, pines and other hardwoods growing on it


Here are some of the new flowering plants Filiberto has found; most from the residents of Changuinola, who are more than happy to share the flowers and plants from their home gardens with us.

 Heliconia rostrata Ruiz & PavonHeliconia rostrata Ruiz & PavonHeliconia rostrata Ruiz & Pavon

Heliconia rostrata Ruiz & Pavon.
The open bracts can contain anywhere from 5 to 13 blooms.



Crepe Ginger, Cheilocostus speciosusCrepe Ginger, Cheilocostus speciosus 

Crepe Ginger
Cheilocostus speciosus, (previously Costus speciosus)

Brazilian Red Cloak, Megaskepasma erythrochlamysBrazilian Red Cloak, Megaskepasma erythrochlamys

Brazilian Red Cloak, Red Justicia
Megaskepasma erythrochlamys

Asplenium nidus, bird's nest fern, with seed podsAsplenium nidus, bird's nest fern, with seed pod

Bird's Nest Fern
Asplenium nidus

Bombay Purple Cockscomb Celosia
Celosia Cristata

The Iriartea deltoidea in full bloom.  Note the very odd seed-pod.  This tree is about 80 feet (27 meters) tall.

Iriartea deltoidea


Iriartea deltoidea seed pods


Here are more of the flowering plants Filiberto has planted at the garden:

Bleeding Hear Vine, Clerodendrum thomsoniae

Bleeding Heart Vine
Clerodendrum thomsoniae

Ornamental Pepper, Capsicum annuum

Ornamental pepper
Capsicum annuum 'Chinese Multicolor'

Jasmine Gardenia

Gardenia jasminoides



Wild Amaryllis
Hippeastrum species

Wild Daisy
Wedelia trilobata


Miniature begonia

Miniature Begonia

Capsicum chinense, Scotch Bonnet Peppers

Scotch Bonnet Peppers
Capsicum chinensis

Golden Trumpet Shrub
Allamanda cathartica

Some of the palms at TropicRiverWoods:

Chinese Fan Palm
Splendid Stilt Palm

Seychelles Stilt Palm
Verschaffeltia splendida

Red Sealing Wax Palm
Cyrtostachys renda


Areca Palm

And last, but not least, some of our dear friends; we do not get to see them as often as we wish!


Paul, Filiberto and Filiberto's son, Raphael

Herminia and Paul

Filiberto's Wife, Herminia

Filiberto's son, Raphael

Paul in front of the Chaquita Banana Restaurant

Paul with Gladys
Owner of the Chaquita Banana Restaurant

Sergio, Gladys's brother and head waiter at the Chaquita Banana

Filiberto, Paul and Eric

Filiberto, Paul and
Eric (Gladys's son)

Paul with Vincente
a worker at TropicRiverWoods

Paul and Filiberto

The next regularly scheduled Loma Finca Cuatro TropicRiverWoods, S.A. update will be in either November or December, 2008.

Paul and Brad, Your Hosts!



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