Solanaceae Source

A global taxonomic resource for the nightshade family

Cerro Fabrega, Panama, March 2006

  • Collection trip: Republic of Panama
    Date collected: March 2006

    We walked to the north as far as we could, in order to get to Caribbean drainage forest that had never been collected, until we reached hills too steep to descend. The solanaceous flora above tree-line was limited, but Solanum storkii was a common tree (to 10 m tall) just below the bamboo belt (Fig. 5). In the oak forests we collected the rare species Solanum taeniotrichum, only the second collection from Panama (Fig. 6, 7) and Solanum vacciniiflorum was a relatively common understory tree (Fig. 8).

    The plants we collected were dried at the herbarium of the Universidad de Panama, and the logistics for the trip were done by Alan Hartmann (Fig. 9), who manages a family coffee finca in the region. Many thanks are due to the staff of STRI who helped arrange permits, and especially to Mireya Correa (Fig. 10), whose support for our continuing work in Panama is invaluable.

<p>Fig. 1. Looking into Costa Rica and the Cordillera de Talamanca from near the summit of Cerro Fabrega.</p>

<p>Fig. 2. Oak forest on slopes of Cerro Pittier (see Alex in white cap in lower left of photograph for scale).</p>

<p>Fig. 3. Cerro Fabrega in the clouds - the vegetation above the tree line is a mixture of shrubs and bamboo.</p>

<p>Fig. 4. Paulino, Genaro and Alex in the Itamut camp.</p>

Fig. 5. Solanum storkii.

Cerro Fabrega, Panama

Cerro Fabrega, Panama

<p>Fig. 8. Solanum vacciniiflorum flowers.</p>

<p>Fig. 9. Alan Hartmann and team going to collect near Fabrega.</p>

<p>Fig. 10. Mireya Correa discussing the new PMA herbarium.</p>

Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith