BOSQUE DE PAZ RAIN / CLOUD FOREST is a Private Biological Preserve located in Bajos del Toro, Valverde Vega, Alajuela, COSTA RICA. Its mission is CONSERVATION, EDUCATION AND RESEARCH, because of that it is a priority for them to conserve the natural flora and fauna of the area. With 1000 ha, and its location between Poás Volcano and Juan Castro Blanco National Parks ... SEE MORE >>
DR STEPHEN KIRBY ORCHID GARDEN
From 2004, Bosque de Paz has an Orchid Garden where the plants have been rescued from branches which fell from the trees in the trails and relocated in live trees in an open area, where are easier to see and study. Actually, there are 231 orchid species described just from the Reserve.SEE MORE >>
About BOSQUE DE PAZ Orchid Flora
Thanks to the effort made by Bosque de Paz Biological Reserve to identify more than 200 orchid species from the area, nowadays, there is a very complete herbarium collection, detailed descriptions of all the species, good quality photographs, scans of entire and dissected flowers, pollinaria images and pollination events reports.
After more than six years of data compilation, at the beginning of 2011, the necessity of communicate this valuable material arrived. This is with the objective of promote this biodiversity can be observed and enjoyed. SEE MORE >>
A new orchid species
named after Bosque de Paz
A long-term orchid inventory is also in progress since 2004 that is demonstrating the rich diversity of orchid species found there (231 species of around 1600 described for Costa Rica), including a new species for science Pleurothallis silvae-pacis (Karremans & Muñoz 2011) . SEE MORE >>
¿What is in bloom?
From the beginning of the project in 2004, the Orchid Garden has been visited every month and the species in bloom has been recorded in each visit. Nowadays, there is a unique database available with the blooming periods of each orchid species in the Reserve. Thanks that, a kind of guide has been established. Now, there is a good idea of, not just which months show more orchids with flowers, but also which species are in bloom around the year. VISIT THE BLOOMING CALENDAR >>