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Dressler, R. L. (1978). TWO NOTEWORTHY ORNAMENTALS FROM THE CARIBBEAN COAST OF PANAMA. Selbyana, 2(2/3), 300–302. Retrieved from


Cocle del Norte is a village about 80 km west of Colon, on the north coast of Panama at the mouth of the Rio Cocle del Norte. By land, the are  is accessible only by long and arduous trails. Culturally and linguistically, the village is a relic of the days when the whole Caribbean coast of Central America had more contact with English-speaking, sea-faring blacks from the West Indies than with the Hispanic cultures of the highlands and the Pacific slope.  In August of 1972 the tuthor accompanied Drs. J. D. McPhail and Michael Robinson on a boat trif to Cocle del Norte. Our main objective, to sample the distinctive fish fauna of the Rio Cocle del Norte, was but poorly realized, as the outboard motor was too small to push our little Boston Whaler far up the river. Nevertheless, in the short time that we were there, I found a number ofinteresting plants. Two of these have proven to be undescribed species of considerable horticultural merit. These have been distributed to various growers and botanical gardens, and valid botanical names are long overdue for both plants.


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