Costa Maya, Xcalak and Mahahual (Majahual) Visitors pages - Plants |

White Frangipani (Plumeria obtusa)

White FrangipaniThis small tree grows to 8 m high and is best suited to a tropical climate where, unlike most frangipanis, it is reliably evergreen. It can be grown in frost-free, subtropical climates, but requires a sheltered position and a fairly constant water supply. The broad, blunt-ended leaves are 15cm or more long. The scented, creamy white flowers have a bright yellow center. with its elegant, rounded flowers and soft perfume, 'Singapore White' is one of the loveliest of all plumerias.

k'anmul (Bidens pilosa)

Bidens pilosaPicão preto is a small, erect annual herb that grows to 1 m high. It has bright green leaves with serrated, prickly edges and produces small, yellow flowers and black fruit. Its root has a distinctive aroma similar to that of a carrot. It is indigenous to the Amazon rainforest and other tropical areas of South America, Africa, the Caribbean, and the Philippines. It is often considered a weed in many places. It is a southern cousin to Bidens tripartita, the European bur marigold, which has an ancient history in European herbal medicine. In Brazil, the plant is most commonly known as picão preto or carrapicho; in Peru it is known as amor seco or pirca.

Ipomoea Indica

Ipomoea IndicaHerbaceous perennial plant of the The Bindweed family - convolvulaceae - . Clambering stems, alternate leaves, petiolated till 20 cm long, with three defined lobules. Funnel-shaped flowers in groups of three, very noticeable; corolla till 9 cm. wide, pink, violet or white, with darker strips, that becomes closed at midday. Cultivated plant, naturalised in many places and a real intrusive plant of gardens and fields in many hot spots.


MangroveThe Mangrove is the most ecologically important plant of the Costa Maya, and all beach environments. The mangroves are where many aquatic animals spend their infancy and youth. The tangled roots provide refuge from the predators that would otherwise eat them. The mangrove trees grow where the land meets the sea and have adapted methods of eliminating the salt they intake from sea water through special glands in some of their leaves.
The mangrove is the major reason that beach erosion does not occur. The roots and plant structure keeps the beach sand or mud in place and protects the land from harm during tropical storms and general wave action. Mangroves actually help form land and small islands, in the shallows. The mangroves in the Costa Maya are protected plants and the cutting of them are strictly prohibited. Stiff fines and even jail time is possible for their destruction.

Mangroves are any of certain shrubs and trees of the families Rhizophoraceae, Verbenaceae, Sonneratiaceae, and Arecaceae (palm) that grow in dense thickets or forests along tidal estuaries, in salt marshes, and on muddy coasts. The term also applies to the thickets and forests of such plants. Mangroves characteristically have prop roots (exposed, supporting roots). In addition, in many species respiratory, or knee, roots project above the mud and have small openings through which air enters, passing through the soft, spongy tissue to the roots beneath the mud. Mangrove fruits put out an embryonic root before they fall from the tree; the root may fix itself in the mud before the fruit separates from the parent. Likewise, branches and trunks put out adventitious roots which, once they are secure in the mud, send up new shoots. The common mangrove (Rhizophora mangle) grows to about 30 ft (9 m) tall and bears short, thick, leathery leaves on short stems, and pale-yellow flowers. Its fruit is sweet and wholesome.

The 'Guerreros' orchid and bromelia garden is set in the typical Costa Maya environment of ponds and forest. In the forest you can also find other plants that are often seen on the Costa Maya. There are lots of interesting birds and many types of insects to be found. In the night small crocodiles come out to the garden.

The garden is located on the Cafetal - Mahahual (Majahual) road approx. 7 km from Cafetal.

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