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Heliconia caribaea ‘Pagoda’, one of our first heliconias to bloom.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

A photo history of the Heliconia Trail…

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Development of the Heliconia Trail continued during April through August of 2011. By the end of that period, the trail had been planted with 637 heliconias comprising 36 species and 112 varieties. In addition to heliconias, the nearly-three-acre botanical garden at Yuquiyú features gingers, bromeliads, birds of paradise, tropical fruit trees, a collection of Puerto Rico’s native palms, a forest of giant tree ferns and an organic farm.

 

Planting heirloom tomatos in our organic garden.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

An ode to Rafael Tufiño, a Puerto Rican artist who depicted the daily life of the people.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

Weeding before planting psittacorums, a small species of heliconia.
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Planting psittacorums.
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El Yunque rainforest after a rain shower.
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Freshly-picked mangos.
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A delivery of giant tree ferns (Cyathea arborea) to be planted in the Heliconia Forest.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

A view looking to the east from the top of the farm.
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Christmas Palm (Adonidia merrillii) flowers.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

All kinds of lizards here.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

Heliconia bourgaeana x collinsiana ‘Perdro Ortiz’.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

Rasta Island and, below it, Paradise Island.
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Rasta Island is named for its red, gold and green heliconias, the Rastafari colors.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

Heliconia bihai x caribaea ‘Criswick’.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

Heliconia psittacorum x spathocircinata ‘Golden Torch’.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

Heliconia bihai x caribaea ‘Hot Rio Nites’.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

Musa Zebrina, an ornamental banana.
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The view looking to the north.
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The view looking to the south.
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A view of Paradise Island.
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Weeding Rasta Island and Paradise Island.
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A white bird of paradise (Strelitzia nicolai).
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An orange bird of paradise (Strelitzia reginae).
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The trail past a Puerto Rican Royal Palm (Roystonea borinquena) in the Heliconia Forest.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

The same trail as seen from just below that Royal Palm.
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Looking back down the trail.
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The stairway up to Sunset Island.
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Musa ‘Dwarf Red’ banana plant.
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This 18-month-old musa ‘Mona Lisa’ is the first plant to produce bananas on our property.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

Sunset Island on the right.
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Weathered shell of a land snail.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

A view of Sunset Island looking to the south, with lantana and newly-planted heliconias.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

Sunset Island is named for its bihai ‘Caribbean Sunset’ heliconias.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

To the south of Sunset Island is the entrance to the Heliconia Trail.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

A Moralón tree (Cocoloba pubescens) marking the entrance to the Heliconia Trail.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

A large Aechmea ‘blanchetiana’ bromeliad at the entrance to the Heliconia Trail.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

Bromeliads ready to be planted.
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Descending into Bromeliad Island.
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Bromeliad Island looking to the south.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

Heliconia latispatha ‘Mexican Gold’.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

Neoregelia ‘Purple Star’ bromeliads in Bromeliad Island.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

El Yunque rainforest as seen from Bromeliad Island.
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Another view of El Yunque rainforest.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

The rain-filled center of a Neoregelia ‘Mr. Odean’ bromeliad.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

These small pools are favorite spots for Puerto Rico’s beloved singing frogs, called “coquis”.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

Bromeliads come in an amazing array of colors, such as this Neoregelia concentrica ‘Bullis’.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

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The heart of Bromeliad Island.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

Bromeliads growing in a natural rock outcropping.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

An Aechmea ‘Little Harv’ bromeliad in bloom.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

A view of Bromeliad Island looking to the west.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

Another view looking to the west.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

A tree fern (Cyathea arborea) and bromeliads.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

The tiny purple flowers of a Neoregelia ‘Gezpacho’ bromeliad.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

A distant view of the river through the mango grove.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

An anthurium inflorescence.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

Take a left to the Heliconia Forest or a right to the river.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

Heliconia bihai x caribaea ‘Jacquinii’.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

A view looking up and south toward El Mirador Rock.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

Building stairs on a new trail in the Lower Heliconia Forest.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

The new trail in the Heliconia Forest.
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Further along the new trail in the Heliconia Forest.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

The Cara de Indio Rock.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

Stairs on the trail down to the river.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

An old mango tree with multiple trunks.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

Further down the trail.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

A gardener carrying a “coa” and organic fertilizer. Flagging tape marks newly-planted heliconias.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

Native white cedar trees (Tabebulia heterophylla).
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

The river as seen from above.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

The first bloom on a newly-planted Heliconia rostrata.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

Approaching the river.
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The end of the trail.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

Giant tree ferns (Cyathea arborea).
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

A view of the river looking downstream.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

A fond farewell to Yuquiyú.
Photo: Yuquiyú, El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico.

 

 


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