While traveling along the Pan-American Highway through the mountains of Costa Rica, we often stop near Cerro de la Muerte to take a short hike through the unique Paramo habitat. The habitat is >3,000 masl and is substantially drier than the cloud forest below, so the plants are quite unique (and short). I often photograph a few of the flowers with the intention of later identification… but I rarely get around to it. So, here are a few from 2019 and 2016.
Some lycophytes (likely Phlegmariurus talamancanus syn. Huperzia talamancana) at Cerro de la Muerte with sporangia producing strobili. Lycophytes are seedless vascular plants, and the strobili produce spores for dispersal and reproduction.
A Costa Rican St. John’s Wort common in Paramo habitat, high in the mountains, above the tree line.
Unrippened blueberries and a relative from Cerro de la Muerte.
Some of the bamboo in the high elevation habitat at Cerro de La Muerte.