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Heliconia caribaea ‘Green Glory’.
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A photo history of the Heliconia Trail…

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Take a walk on the Heliconia Trail and discover a lost world of a thousand palms, thousands of heliconias, innumerable gingers, countless bromeliads, hundreds of cordylines and a forest of giant tree ferns. After recent plantings during August and September of 2012, Yuquiyú’s three-acre garden became home to 44 species of heliconias comprising 134 varieties. By the end of 2013, those numbers rose to 46 species and 143 varieties. As well, there are medicinal plants and an orchard of tropical fruit trees, including bananas, plátanos, breadfruits, citruses, figs, loquats, mangos, mangosteens, papayas and rambutans, all combined in a natural landscape design with rainforest and river views.

 

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Etlingera elatior ‘Sweet Pink’ torch ginger.
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Sealing-Wax Palms (Cyrtostachys renda).
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Etlingera elatiorRed Tulip’ torch ginger.
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Heliconia bihai x caribaea ‘Jacquinii’.
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A view of El Yunque rainforest.
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Bananas ripening.
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Bromeliads with maní groundcover.
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Native boulders planted with bromeliads.
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A Pygmy Date Palm (Phoenix roebelenii) and bromeliads.
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A cupey tree (Clusia rosea).
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A view to the east from the Heliconia Trail.
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A view to the southeast from the Heliconia Trail.
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In the mango grove.
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A view to the south from the Heliconia Trail.
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A view to the south from further down the Heliconia Trail.
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Heliconia vellerigera ‘She Kong’.
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A view to the north from the Heliconia Trail.
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Heliconia champneiana ‘Maya Sunrise’.
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A staghorn fern (Platycerium).
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Heliconia bihai x caribaea ‘Big Red’.
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Pygmy Date Palms (Phoenix roebelenii) and Sealing-Wax Palms (Cyrtostachys renda).
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The trail through the Upper Heliconia Forest.
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Sunrise in the Heliconia Forest.
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In the woods along the Heliconia Trail.
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The Heliconia Trail near the Cara de Indio Rock.
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A view to the west of an old mango tree atop a cascade of boulders.
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A view to the southwest.
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A view to the south.
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Heliconia platystachys.
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A view of the Yuquiyú River.
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A newly-planted papaya tree (Carica papaya).
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Heliconia rostrata ‘Orange Marmalade’.
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Planting a pomarosa tree.
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A view of the river and its natural swimming pool.
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Clumps of heliconia rostrata ‘Long John’ near the river.
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Heliconia rostrata ‘Long John’.
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Inflorescence of a heliconia rostrata ‘Long John’.
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A ceiba (Ceiba pentandra), sacred tree of the Tainos and other Caribbean natives.
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A view of the canyon looking up from the river.
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A view of the river looking upstream.
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A view of the river looking downstream.
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Boulders in the river.
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A Green Iguana (Iguana iguana) swimming in the river.
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Another Green Iguana. Don’t worry! They aren’t man-eaters!
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Cooking a breadfruit by the river.
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