In Panama extraordinary biodiversity is not a secret. It´s a privileged location on the Earth. It is in a tropical area, joining two formidable masses of land (North and South America) and separating the Atlantic and Pacific oceans at the same time.
But these facts are not the only reason, its topography, result of the dramatic geological events that lead to its formation, created so many micro-habitats.
From the Pacific and Atlantic shore to the summit of Volcan Baru at 11,398 feet above sea level (3374 meters) many micro-climates occur. They all hold many different forms of life for such a small area of the world.
So, what do you think it happens to the most numerous family in the Plantae Kingdom … the orchids? Well, of the more than 20,000 species that exist in the world, Panama hosts 1,200 of them. Bocas del Toro as a province holds it´s share!
Here are some pictures of common orchids that surround us: