This second edition is in a smaller format than the first, with additional photos and a new section on the Osa Peninsula. More than 800 photographs, taken in the field, show entire plants and closer views of flowers, fruits, and seeds. Pen-and-ink drawings depict botanical details. The text covers identifying characteristics, natural history, chemical properties, economic importance, medicinal uses, conservation, ethnobotany, and ecology.
A previous edition of this book was published under the title A Guide to Tropical Plants of Costa Rica (2005). The taxonomy has been updated for this new edition.
Willow Zuchowski is a botanist, educator, and illustrator who has lived in Monteverde, Costa Rica, for over thirty years. In addition to teaching plant identification workshops, she is the founder of ProNativas, which promotes the use of native species in wildlife gardens.
"A beautifully illustrated guide to Costa Rica's common and conspicuous plants enriched with fascinating stories and tidbits based on the firsthand knowledge of the author, a longtime resident of Costa Rica and widely respected tropical botanist. Indispensable for anyone interested in Costa Rican plants."
– Robbin Moran, Curator Emeritus, New York Botanical Garden
"This delightful guide will be the go-to reference for anyone drawn to the diversity, ecology, and utility of tropical plants. Rich and layered in style and content, it will foster the study of and engagement with tropical plant communities."
– Karen L. Masters, Country Director for Costa Rica, Verto Education