ORCHIDS OF COIBA NATIONAL PARK, PANAMA

Coiba archipelago, located in the Gulf of Chiriqui, southwest of the Republic of Panama, on the Pacific coast, was declared a National Park in December 1991 and a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in July 2005.

 

Coiba National Park with its 2701 km2, is one of the jewels of the Tropical Eastern Pacific Marine Corridor, which connects island ecosystems of Central America (Coco Island National Park in Costa Rica) and South America (Galapagos National Park and Marine Reserve, Ecuador; Malpelo Flora and Fauna Santuary, Colombia and  Gongora National Park, Colombia).

 

Its forests are home to over 1000 plant species. Among them features the orchid family with more than 60 species, one of the most diverse family in the Neotropics and the most diverse in Panama.

 

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