Apocynaceae Juss
Tree

A small tree with a canopy of leaves found in Charco Verde on Ometepe Island in Lake Nicaragua.
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A Sign Partially Identified This Tree
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Called the Cachito Tree in Nicaragua
Charco Verde on Ometepe Island
Lake Nicaragua, Nicaragua
(Photo posted Saturday 28 January 2012)
(Photo taken 11:54:59 Saturday 19 November 2011)
© 2012 Bryan Costales
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A sign only partially identified this tree. The common, Nicaraguan name at the top, "Cachito." And the class, "Apocynaceae," at the bottom.


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A Small Tree Next To The Trail
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Apocynaceae Jess Tree external link
Called the Cachito Tree in Nicaragua
Charco Verde on Ometepe Island
Lake Nicaragua, Nicaragua
(Photo posted Saturday 28 January 2012)
(Photo taken 11:55:21 Saturday 19 November 2011)
© 2012 Bryan Costales
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#B12_1963


This Apocynaceae Jess, "Cachito", tree grew alongside the trail and was only about four meters tall.


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The Tree Had Its Own Canopy
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Apocynaceae Jess Tree external link
Called the Cachito Tree in Nicaragua
Charco Verde on Ometepe Island
Lake Nicaragua, Nicaragua
(Photo posted Saturday 28 January 2012)
(Photo taken 11:55:48 Saturday 19 November 2011)
© 2012 Bryan Costales
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#B12_1966


Notice how the leaves of this Apocynaceae Jess, "Cachito", tree are all clustered at the top. This is clearly a tropical forest tree with a canopy of it own to maximize sunlight that shined mostly from above.

Here, a second example of this tree grew in a clearing surrounded by benches.


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Trunk At Ground Level
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Apocynaceae Jess Tree external link
Called the Cachito Tree in Nicaragua
Charco Verde on Ometepe Island
Lake Nicaragua, Nicaragua
(Photo posted Saturday 28 January 2012)
(Photo taken 11:55:48 Saturday 19 November 2011)
© 2012 Bryan Costales
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#B12_1967


The trunk of the Apocynaceae Jess, "Cachito", tree as it emerged from the ground. Notice how several trunks grew from a common root.


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The First Branch In A Trunk
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Apocynaceae Jess Tree external link
Called the Cachito Tree in Nicaragua
Charco Verde on Ometepe Island
Lake Nicaragua, Nicaragua
(Photo posted Saturday 28 January 2012)
(Photo taken 11:56:17 Saturday 19 November 2011)
© 2012 Bryan Costales
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#B12_1969


About 1.5 meters up, the tree branched as shown in this closeup.


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Another Branch Further Up Into The Canopy
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Apocynaceae Jess Tree external link
Called the Cachito Tree in Nicaragua
Charco Verde on Ometepe Island
Lake Nicaragua, Nicaragua
(Photo posted Saturday 28 January 2012)
(Photo taken 11:56:22 Saturday 19 November 2011)
© 2012 Bryan Costales
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#B12_1970


Another branch occurred further up into the tree nearer its canopy. Note that this tree only branches into two sub-branches.


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Old Leaves Underneath Hung Down
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Apocynaceae Jess Tree external link
Called the Cachito Tree in Nicaragua
Charco Verde on Ometepe Island
Lake Nicaragua, Nicaragua
(Photo posted Saturday 28 January 2012)
(Photo taken 11:56:32 Saturday 19 November 2011)
© 2012 Bryan Costales
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License
#B12_1972


Old leaves underneath the canopy hung down, exhausted and useless. Young leaves above captured most of the sunlight.


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Close-Up Of The Underneath Of A Leaf
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Apocynaceae Jess Tree external link
Called the Cachito Tree in Nicaragua
Charco Verde on Ometepe Island
Lake Nicaragua, Nicaragua
(Photo posted Saturday 28 January 2012)
(Photo taken 11:56:43 Saturday 19 November 2011)
© 2012 Bryan Costales
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#B12_1973


Here is a shot of the underneath of a leaf showing the arrangement of its veins.


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Buds About To Flower
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Apocynaceae Jess Tree external link
Called the Cachito Tree in Nicaragua
Charco Verde on Ometepe Island
Lake Nicaragua, Nicaragua
(Photo posted Saturday 28 January 2012)
(Photo taken 11:56:54 Saturday 19 November 2011)
© 2012 Bryan Costales
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License
#B12_1975


This tree produces smallish, bright yellow flowers that bloom above the canopy. Here were three buds, one of which was about to flower.


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Top Of The Canopy
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Apocynaceae Jess Tree external link
Called the Cachito Tree in Nicaragua
Charco Verde on Ometepe Island
Lake Nicaragua, Nicaragua
(Photo posted Saturday 28 January 2012)
(Photo taken 11:57:13 Saturday 19 November 2011)
© 2012 Bryan Costales
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License
#B12_1978


The top of the canopy showing a new branch leading upward into the sunlight. Notice that the topmost leaves are in the more efficient horizontal orientation for best capturing sunlight.


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