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Finca Tangara Vivero will close. Final selldown of plants and trees


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To the Boquete Community:

    Our vivero at Finca Tangara will close for good in mid-April. All trees, shrubs, and flowers must go. Partial list is given below, but come soon if you want something because we are not replanting.  All plants are $4, and all sales are contributed to the Biblioteca de Boquete to build the Endowment Fund.  The idea is that some day, interest on the endowment will pay the Library’s annual costs in perpetuity.  Directions to our farm are also attached. Please write or call ahead to make sure that I will be there to help you.





Laureacea (avocado family):

  Aguacatillo – tiny avocado-like fruit; tanagers, etc love it.

  Sigua (white and red) -- also small avocado-like fruit for birds; March-April

  Bambito – larger avocado-like fruit; food of the quetzal; highlands


Croton niveus (colpachi) – fast growth; good windbreak; fruit beloved by parrots

Cypress (cipré) – evergreen, dense foliage; prune-able as hedge or shrub; good windbreak. fast growth


Bignonacea family:

Tabebuia rosea (roble) candelabra-like arbor; white/rose trumpet blooms in March

Tecoma stans (yellow trumpet blooms); small tree/shrub; grows fast and flowers often)


Spathodea campanulata  (African tulip; llama de bosque, flame of the forest) – fast growing; scarlet flowers

Nance amarillo – plum like yellow fruit; tall tree;

Inga (guabo; several species) mimosa like flowers; hummers, tanagers, orioles; fast growing

Erythrina lanceolata (palo santo) fence-post tree; red machete flowers; pretty seeds

Diphysa Americana (macano) bright yellow pea-like flowers; pea-like foliage fence post

Quercus (oak; several species: mamecillo, black oak)  important forest trees

Lonchocarpus minimiflorus – lovely purple flowers in Feb/March

Mimosa – pretty flowers for hummers.

Cecropia obtusifolia (guarumo) -- fast growing; fantastic for birds

Bahuinia variegata  (orchid tree) – white or rose orchid-like flowers

Anacardium exelsum – espavé; tall tree related to mango and cashew.  good forest tree

Hymenaea courbaril  (algarrobo) -- tall; best at lower altitudes   good  forest tree

Spondias purpurea  (red mombin; jobo) -- red, sweetish, cherry-sized fruit; live fence-post

Caesalpinina pulcherrima (dwarf poinsianna; pride of Barbados)-- beautiful blooms; does well in Boquete.


Flowers and Vines

Asclepias curassavica  (a milkweed); butterflies, including monarch

Lantana camera – orange, white, pink   butterflies

Stachytarpheta franztii (porter weed, verbena)--  clustered purple flowers; hummers and butterflies

Allamanda – yellow trumpet blooms; sturdy vine; wind tolerant (cover a fence)

Penta – red and white; hummers

Snakey succulent with red blossoms

Reed orchids

Flowering lily

Blue ginger (from Bonnie Williams)




Tres amores – blue,white, and purple flowers

Brugmansia --  trumpet flowers with perfume in early evening

Calliandra haematocephala (powderpuff) -- red blooms; hummers                        

Streptosolen jamesonii  -- marmalade bush, chinese hat (hummers and butterflies)

Yellow daisy (as shrub or vine )

Hamelia patens (zorillo real, fire bush) -- tubular red flowers for hummers; berries for tanagers

Jatropha multifida (coral bush) -- scarlet flowers shaped like coral

Duranta erecta  (golden dew drop) -- green or variegated; small blue flowers for hummers; yellow berries

Melastomata shrub with purple spikey blossoms)




Vetiver  -- deep roots for holding soil on hillsides

Lemon grass  -- cultivar from the Nasó tribe on the upper Rio Teribe


    Agave (2 kinds)


    organ pipe “cactus” for tall fence, windbreak, etc


Directions to Finca Tangara from Boquete.

    At San Francisco Plaza turn right. We are 6km down the road. Pass Boquete Country Club on left, then Ruiz coffee beneficio.  Pass thru Palmira Centro, leaving mini-super on your left. Continue, passing cow pasture of Hacienda Esmeralda on right, eventually reach on left, a dairy operation and garage for trucks and farm machinery. Then pass office and coffee beneficio of Esmeralda (on left) – somewhat hidden by trees. About 200m beyond that, the main road (paved) continues left at a fork. Immediately beyond that fork there is a small white bus stop/shelter on left. Our sign (Finca Tangara) is right there and the entrance is a gate with vertical metal bars. The vivero is about 50m down the drive on right; our house is another 50m down on left.  

my phone: 6652-2763


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