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Plants Project

Reserva Biológica Tirimbina (RBT) is located in Sarapiqui a scant 15 km from one of the most studied reserves in the world, La Selva Biological Station. This station claims more than 45 years of study and produces two scientific articles each week. From the proximity, one would expect not to find great differences or surprises at Tirimbina; however, in the last year we have had very good news of several.

In the last year, the Tirimbina reserve has directly sponsored research on butterflies, birds, mammals and plants. The Plants Project led by botanist José González has in short time recorded 1195 species of plants to date, including 4 new records for the region and one new species of the genera Ossaea/Melastomataceae, presumed new to science.

These discoveries demonstrate that we are still a country with much work to do. It is true that today we are enjoying the results generated by research of many past years. It is also clear that investment in research returns indirect benefits to society (e.g., ecotourism) and direct ones such as oxygen and water production. All these increase our quality of life, which is reason enough that we must not cease the stimulation of and investment in biological research for any reason.

Biologist José González gives evidence of the biodiversity that can be found at Tirimibina.

Odontonema Cuspidatum.
Photo: José González
Aristolochia gigantea. A species of plant that has been collected only once in Costa Rica and is now recorded at Tirimbina.
Photo: José González.
Pitcairnia arcuata.
A new species recorded for the Sarapiquí region.
Photo: José González.
Cochliostema Odoratissimum,
a species recorded in the Tirimbina forest.
Photo: José González.


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