(The beauty of the maliche tree flower)
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(Map of how to get to Rancho Humo)
Puente Río Tempisque
(Río Tempisque Bridge)
(The Guanacaste (Enterolobium cyclocarpum) was declared national tree by the Decree 7 of August 31, 1959. It was due to the campaign done by the Director of the extint newspaper La Tribuma, as a gesture to the people of Guanacste that decided to annex to Costa Rica. It is one of the most beautiful and noble trees of tropical America, remarkable for its majestic and unmistakable extended crown diameter up to 4 times the total tree height. It was named by ancient Mesoamerican Indians as cua-necaxtli, which translated into Spanish means the “tree ears” because the fruits produced by this tree are actually a legume whose shape resembles a huge human ear. Despite being legally declared a national symbol, Costa Rica has permitted the destruction of these magnificent trees in urban projects and logging. It is a tree of very heavy and hard wood and has the property that individuals grow surprisingly quickly and begin to produce fruits and seeds from 8 years old. The species has a great ability to reproduce en masse from a few adult individuals, and can form almost pure forests on abandoned land. It belongs to a select group of forest species that trap carbon.)