Tracking Tropical Plants: A Trip to Southwest Mexico

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

Air Plants growing on Pine
Ever wish you could see how your favorite tropical plants grow in their native environs? Jesse, Pistils’ resident tech guy and self affirmed plant geek, recently had the opportunity to do just that on a trip to southwestern Mexico.

Based out of the colonial city of San Cristobal de las Casas in the highlands of Chiapas, he went tracking tropical plants and documented his flora findings on his excursions throughout the regions. We were so excited to recognize many of the species that we carry here at Pistils in his photos. From deep purple, flowering tillandsia airplants covering the branches of pine trees; to lush leafy philodendron vines; to euphorbia firesticks succulents the size of trees; to dangling epiphytic jungle cacti, it always gives us new inspiration to see plants in their homes.

What was especially surprising to us was the unique mixture of alpine and tropical seen in the photos. Who would have thought that at 7000 feet above sea-level, you’d see enormous flowering bromeliads growing off the trunks of pine trees, and Alocasia elephant ears shooting up between the sidewalk cracks?

Check out some of Jesse’s images below. Taken any exciting plant pics in your travels? Share them with us on facebook!

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