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Plants in WLT Reserves

  • Aechmea recurvata
    Aechmea recurvata is a striking, red bromeliad found on trees and rocks in the Atlantic Forest. It has sharp, spiky leaves which also turn red while the plant is flowering.
  • Solanum americanum
    The American Nightshade is of the same family as the tomato and potato, however its shiny, black berries are poisonous. It produces small, five-petal, white flowers
  • Attenborough Tree Flower by Lou Jost
    The Tree was discovered by Lou Jost (EcoMinga) on the Cerro Candelaria Reserve in Ecuador. So far the tree is known only to exist in this location although it may be found to occur at other sites.
  • Bamboo
    The Atlantic Rainforest of Misiones is dominated by bamboo. They are much used by the Guaraní indigenous people, but can, however, become over dominant and hinder the regeneration of other forest species
  • Teagueia barbeliana by Lou Jost
    An orchid species named for in honor of WLT council member Albertino Abela's mother, Barbel. The species was discovered by Lou Jost in the Cerrro Candelaria area of the Pastaza watershead.
  • Stachytarpheta cayennensis
    Blue Snakeweed is native to Tropical America. It has small blue flowers which are nectar rich. This attracts insects such as bees and butterflies.
  • Neoregelia carolinae
    Blushing Bromeliads are so called for their bright red centres. They attract hummingbird pollinators when they bloom. It is a popular houseplant.
  • Ceiba by Andrew Smiley
    This silk cotton tree is emblematic of the Tumbesian dry forests of the Pacific coast of Ecuador and Peru.
  • Oxalis triangularis
    The False Shamrock is native to Brazil. They are popular as house plants. It is named for its clover-shaped leaves, which close during the night. These may be green, or a striking red-purple colouration. They have pinkish-white, funnel shaped flowers.
  • Ferns
    Unlike the majority of other vascular plants, ferns do not bear flowers, fruit or seeds, but instead reproduce via spores. These are produced en mass and are easily transported by wind. This makes ferns good colonisers and therefore form part of the pioneer forest vegetation.
  • Pyrostegia venusta
    As its name suggests, this trumpet creeper has flowers which are striking fire orange. It is native to Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia and north-eastern Argentina.
  • Salvia guaranitica
    The Hummingbird Sage is native to Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina. It can grow to three metres tall with flowers two-five centimetres long. When its leaves are crushed an anise scent is produced
  • Lantana camara. Photo by Alvesgaspar
    Lantanas are extremely attractive to nectivorous insects, especially butterflies. They are highly poisonous plants, which has contributed to their success as an invasive species.
  • Euterpe edulis
    The Atlantic Rainforest contains many species of palm. Many of these are of high environmental, social and economic importance.
  • Palo Borracho by Rebecca Absalom
    The drunken tree is characteristic of the Dry Chaco, and gave the name to Gerald Durrell’s book "The Drunken Forest", which is an account of his six month trip to Paraguay and Argentina in 1954.
  • Heliconia psittacorum. Photo by Forest & Kim Starr
    The genus Heliconia contains between 100 and 200 species of flowering plants. They are an important food source for rainforest hummingbirds. Some birds even make use of Heliconias for nesting. They are common house plants
  • Bauhinia forficata. Photo by Valentino
    The flowering tree Bauhinia forficata, commonly known as Pata de Vaca, is used to make a tea which is useful in treating diabetes, as it contains a natural substitute for insulin.
  • Ananas bracteatus
    Some of the most famous bromeliads are the family to which pineapples belong, the Ananas. The common pineapple is Ananas comosus.
  • Teagueia puroana by Lou Jost
    Orchid named for WLT supporters Puro Coffee. The species was discovered in the Cerro Candelaria area of the Pastaza watershead.
  • Billbergia nutans
    Bilbergia nutans is a popular conservatory and houseplant and can comfortably grow on a windowsill for years. It is slow growing, and can naturally grow as an epiphyte but also as a terrestrial plant.
  • Aechmea fasciata
    The Silver-Vase plant, growing roughly 1-3 feet high and 2 foot wide, is a common house plant. It is native to Brazil.
  • Tillandsia usneoides
    Spanish Moss is another well known bromeliad. Despite having very small leaves, as little as 1mm in diameter (the smallest leaves of any bromeliad), it forms dense growths hanging down from trees. This makes it instantly recognisable.
  • Stag's-horn Clubmoss
    Although this species is globally widespread, it is locally confined to undisturbed areas.
  • Aechmea distichantha
    Also known as the Vase Plant, Aechmea distichantha, is native to southern Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and northern Argentina. They flower only once before dying, however this flower may last for several weeks. Its beautiful flowers make it a popular house plant.
  • Tradescantia fluminensis
    Tradescantias are very abundant in the Atlantic Rainforest, and form a dense mat under the forest tree cover. They are popularly used as tropical garden plants and houseplants.
  • World's Smallest Orchid by Lou Jost
    The World's smallest orchid was discovered by botonist Lou Jost (EcoMinga) amoungs the routes of another orchid species. The flowers measure only 2mm accross and the petals are so thin they are translucent.
  • Brunfelsia australis. Photo by Forest & Kim Starr
    The Yesterday-Today-and-Tomorrow plant is native to Argentina, southern Brazil and Paraguay. Its flowers change colour from purple, through lavender to white as they age. It is poisonous.
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