This week started overcast with occasional showers but nothing too heavy. The area has been kept damp but still without enough water to make a difference to the water table and the creek. There is the constant rumbling of thunder with distant light shows of sheet lightning passing between the clouds. One night a storm came right overhead at Bosque and the lighting was striking everywhere around the bar and restaurant.
Excerpts from Jim Conrad's Naturalist Newsletter. Since the tree is so attention-getting and is present in so many tropical-American countries southern Florida, Mexico and the West Indies to northern South America it's known by many names. When I lived in Belize I heard people call it Naked-Indian Tree because of its reddish color, and Tourist Tree, because its trunk peels like a sunburned tourist. Books often call the species Gumbo-limbo. Both here and in the Yucatan it's called Chakah.
Enjoy a neutral perspective on life in Costa Rica from a North American Ex-pat who has lived on both coasts of this beautiful country for some 20 years. Post a Comment. Eye on Costa Rica.
The size varies regionally with available rainfall, with small, shrubby plants in dry areas such as western Texas and New Mexico, and larger trees in moister areas of Mexico; plants in Texas, New Mexico, and the far northeast of Mexico are distinguished as a variety, A. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Arbutus xalapensis Conservation status. Kunth not Hook. Retrieved 14 December