Ceiba pentandra and more beasts:
- Brian examines a Barrigón (beerbelly) tree Pseudobombax septenatum, which has a green striped trunk. In the park this tree is particularly prevalent on beaches where the bright sun is used to do photosynthesis in the bark. This is especially valuable to the tree during the dry season, when the tree looses it's leaves for the duration. This tree is another member of the Malvaceae family, but though it can achieve circumferences of over 20' (6.1 m), I have found few much over 100' (30.5 m) tall.
- Here a Baird's Tapir feeds on foliage of the river bank with it's trunk like nose. These animals can reach up to 800 lbs and are said to be most closely related to rhinoceri and pigs. Those of you who might want to argue, save your breath, as there are several correct spellings of the plural of rhinoceros, as in look! there goes a crash of rhinoceroses. look it up.
- Last but not least, Brian and Martin stand next to a Kapok Ceiba pentandra that achieves 198' (60.4 m) tall, but we did not have time to get a circumference. This tree was actually in Drake's Bay on land owned by our guide Martin who was thrilled to find that his tree was the tallest we had measured on the trip. I know it seems strange, but other than the probado trees Pterygota excelsa, 3 of which have achieved or exceed 200' (61 m) in height, the three remaining tallest trees, 2 Kapoks and an Oak Quercus bumelioides were all measured at the same height of 198' (61 m). I suspect that at least one of these would exceed the straight up measurement with a 440 Nikon were they climbed and tape drop measured.