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Plant Life

with those during 
Focus On Nature Tours
in the Dominican Republic
noted with an (*) 

1990 thru 2014

during the months of January,
February, March, April, July,
& December

This list compiled by Armas Hill 

Upper right photo: some of the plants, with ferns and fiddleheads, 
at about 7,500 feet above sea level in the Cordillera Central in the Dominican Republic  
(photographed during a FONT tour by Rise Hill) 

There have been 18 FONT birding & nature tours in the Dominican Republic. 

African Tulip Trees were introduced in the Dominican Republic years ago.
Here, a large group of them in bloom in the northern hills of Hispaniola.


A Photo Gallery of Dominican Republic Plant Life,
including some about a male and a half above sea level & some below sea level

A List & Photo Gallery of Caribbean Birds, in 2 Parts

Butterflies & Moths of the Caribbean  (with some photos)

Nature in the Dominican Republic, including: Mammals, Amphibians, Reptiles,
Snails, Crabs, Butterflies & Moths, Dragonflies & Damselflies, and Others

Upcoming FONT Birding & Nature Tours in the Caribbean

Directory of Photos in this Website

A List of Selected Plant-life of Hispaniola:

Plants in the HIGHLANDS 
       where there are mountains as high as over 10,000 feet above sea level    

  1. Hispaniolan Pine (or Pino Criollo) (He) (*) ______  (common in lateritic soils)    
    Pinus occidentalis

  2. Sabina ______  
    Juniperus gracilior 

  3. Podocarpus aristulatus (or buchii______

  4. Cara de Hombre  ______
    Lyonia spp.

  5. Abey  ______  
    Cojoba arborea 

  6. Yaya Fina  ______  
    Oxandra lanceolata

  7. Pajon  ______ 
    Danthonia domingensis 

  8. Verbena officinalis   ______

  9. Weinmannia pinnata  ______ 

    In the highlands, as elsewhere, in wet forests, trees are covered with parasitic plants and epiphytes.

    At higher elevations, characteristic species are:

  10. Trembling Schefflera  ______
    Scheflera tremula

  11. Black Sapote  ______
    diospyros digyna

  12. Almendron  ______
    Prunus occidentalis

  13. Fadyen's Silktassel  ______
    Garrya fadyenii

  14. Oreopanax capitatus  ______

  15. Brunellia comocladifolia  ______

  16. Cyathea spp.  ______  

    Some Characteristic Lowland Plants  of HISPANIOLAN MOIST FORESTS     

  17. Haitian Catalpa  ______ 
    Catallpa longissima 

  18. West Indian Mahogony  ______ 
    Swietenia mahagoni

  19. Puerto Rican Royal Palm  (ph)  ______  (common where the soil is calcareous)
    Roystonea borinquena

    A lone Royal Palm along the north coast of the Dominican Republic
    (photographed during a FONT tour in February 2012)      

  20. Paradise Tree  ______      
    Simarouba glauca 

  21. Anon de Majagua  ______ 
    Lonchocarpus heptaphyllus 

  22. Jagua  ______   
    Genipa americana 

  23. Black Olive  ______ 
    Bucida buceras  

  24. West Indian Lancewood  ______      
    Oxandra lanceolata  

  25. Amacey  ______    
    Tetragastris balsamifera 

    As isolated trees, or with them, these are found: 

  26. Fustic   ______ 
    Maclura tinctoria  

  27. Logwood  ______       
    Haematoxylum campechianum

  28. Iris  ______  
    Hippeastrum punicetum    

  29. Caracoli  ______  
    Abarema glauca   
  30. Corbano  ______  
    Albizia berteriana     

  31. West Indian Elm   ______
    Guazuma ulmifolia 

  32. Palo de Leche  ______
    Rauvolfia nitida   

  33. Spiny Fiddlewood  ______
    Citharexylum spinosum 

    Where soils are poor or in savannas that have formed from degraded forest:  

  34. Sandpaper Tree  ______
    Curatella americana 
  35. Grandleaf Seagrape  ______  
    Coccoloba pubescens 

  36. Jamaica Nettletree  ______  
    Trema micrantha 

  37. Tabebula spp.  ______    

  38. Cashew  (ph)  _____  (where there is marginal earth and with precipitation closer to that of dry forests)   
    Anacardium occidentale

    The fruit on a Cashew Tree photographed during a FONT tour 
    (photo by Marie Gardner)

    Plants that grow in Mesic forests: 
  39. Yellow Oliver  ______
    Buchenavia capitata 

  40. Sablito ______  
    Schefflera morototoni 
  41. Maricao  ______
    Byrsonima spicata

  42. Aguacatillo  ______
    Alchornea latifolia

  43. West Indian Cherry  ______
    Prunus myrtifolia

  44. Arbol de Santa Maria  ______
    Calophyllum basiliense

  45. Cocuyo  ______
    Hirtella triandra

  46. American Muskwood  ______
    Guarrea guidonia

  47. Palo de Yagua  ______
    Casearia arborea

  48. locust  ______
    Hymenaea courbaril

  49. Balata  ______
    Manilkara domingensis

  50. Sierra Palm  ______
    Prestoea montana  

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