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Guachipilín

Diphysa robinioides, known as “Guachipilín” in Guatemala, is another of my favorite trees. It is a slow-growing species with deeply furrowed bark, pinnate leaves, and bright yellow flowers. It belongs to the bean family, Fabaceae, and is native to the

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Guachipilín

Diphysa robinioides, known as “Guachipilín” in Guatemala, is another of my favorite trees. It is a slow-growing species with deeply furrowed bark, pinnate leaves, and bright yellow flowers. It belongs to the bean family, Fabaceae, and is native to the

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Sobralia macrantha

Sobralia is a genus of over a hundred orchids native to the American tropics and subtropics. Most Sobralia specimens grow as terrestrials, but they occasionally germinate between tree branches, on humus deposits. Like most terrestrial orchids, Sobralias lack pseudobulbs. The

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Sobralia macrantha

Sobralia is a genus of over a hundred orchids native to the American tropics and subtropics. Most Sobralia specimens grow as terrestrials, but they occasionally germinate between tree branches, on humus deposits. Like most terrestrial orchids, Sobralias lack pseudobulbs. The

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Encyclia ambigua

This orchid is my favorite among the Guatemalan Encyclias. It grows as an epiphyte in Honduras, Guatemala and southern Mexico, in mid-altitude humid or dry oak forests. The plants look like most Encyclias – rounded pseudobulbs that taper to leaf-bearing

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Encyclia ambigua

This orchid is my favorite among the Guatemalan Encyclias. It grows as an epiphyte in Honduras, Guatemala and southern Mexico, in mid-altitude humid or dry oak forests. The plants look like most Encyclias – rounded pseudobulbs that taper to leaf-bearing

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Pachira aquatica

Pachira aquatica is the scientific name of the Zapotón, a beautiful native tree that grows in the Guatemalan lowlands and thrives around swamps, as its name implies. It is related to our national tree, Ceiba pentandra; Pachira was once classified

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Pachira aquatica

Pachira aquatica is the scientific name of the Zapotón, a beautiful native tree that grows in the Guatemalan lowlands and thrives around swamps, as its name implies. It is related to our national tree, Ceiba pentandra; Pachira was once classified

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Catasetum integerrimum

Catasetum integerrimum is an extraordinary orchid in many respects. Unlike the flowers of most plants, which bear both pistils and stamens, the flowers of Catasetum are either male or female: they produce either pollen or ovules, but never both. Furthermore,

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Catasetum integerrimum

Catasetum integerrimum is an extraordinary orchid in many respects. Unlike the flowers of most plants, which bear both pistils and stamens, the flowers of Catasetum are either male or female: they produce either pollen or ovules, but never both. Furthermore,

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Oncidium sphacelatum

Oncidium sphacelatum is a spectacular epiphytic orchid that can grow to be quite big, with a diameter of up to a few yards. As a mature plant is has large, oval pseudobulbs with two or three long, apical leaves, and

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Oncidium sphacelatum

Oncidium sphacelatum is a spectacular epiphytic orchid that can grow to be quite big, with a diameter of up to a few yards. As a mature plant is has large, oval pseudobulbs with two or three long, apical leaves, and

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Timboque

Tecoma stans is another of my favorite Guatemalan trees, and can be seen in bloom around the city (and the rest of the country) from November to January. It is a fast-growing tree that often grows in the full sun

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Timboque

Tecoma stans is another of my favorite Guatemalan trees, and can be seen in bloom around the city (and the rest of the country) from November to January. It is a fast-growing tree that often grows in the full sun