Tuesday, June 24, 2014


Cuipo (pronounced “kwee-po”) is a very distinctive tree that is easy to spot and is located primarily in the Central American tropical rainforests in mountainous areas. Its height ranges from 45 to 60 meters. It has leaves only at the top and is bare 11 months out of the year. It has rings on its bark that extend to the top to make is easily recognizable. Its bark is reddish or gray in color. Its roots are lightreddish-brown or yellowish-brown. The endangered national bird of Panama, the great Harpy Eagle usually builds its nest at the top of the Cuipo tree.

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