The Botany Libraries host a robust exhibit program. Online exhibits are designed to enhance Harvard courses as well as illuminate aspects of our department's history.
The Botany Libraries staff also work in conjunction with our faculty and HUH staff members to create a series of in-house exhibits that highlight a wide range of botanically inspired topics. Past exhibits have showcased everything from current research to botanical motifs in early 20th century glassware.
Plants of Costa Rica’s Amazingly Diverse Osa Peninsula
By Daniel Santamaría-Aguilar, Laura Lagomarsino, and Reinaldo Aguilar Fernández
In addition to scarlet macaws, fer-de-lances, and jaguars, the hot, humid rainforests which dominate the Osa Peninsula are home to more than 2,200 species of vascular plants. These include towering trees, thick-trunked lianas, and abundant epiphytes visited by hummingbirds, bats, and orchid bees. Though the Osa is a relatively small stretch of land, covering 15,000 km2 of land in southwestern Costa Rica (less than one-one thousandth of Earth’s surface), its flora represents ~2.5% of all vascular plant species. The region’s flora shares phytogeographic affinities with the Amazon Basin, even though its separated by thousands of miles— and standing in the dense forests in Golfo Dulce, it’s not hard to imagine. Here we showcase some of this stunning diversity via photographs, herbarium specimens, and items from our own collection.
All photos are by Reinaldo Aguilar Fernández. These and many, many more can be found at Reinaldo’s Flickr website and the New York Botanical Garden’s Vascular Plants of the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica website.
Contact the library with any questions about our in-house or online exhibit programs.