Cerro Fabrega, Panama, March 2006
Collection trip: Republic of PanamaDate 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.