Costa Rica is home to over
9,000 identified species of plants, 900 different species of trees and
even more are being discovered every year. In the cloud forests, such as
Monteverde, plants absorb moisture from the mist. It is from these huge,
misty forests that Costa Rica derives much of its water sources. Costa
Rica has roughly 1,500 species of orchids, providing most of the world's
supply of the plant.
The country is a key
destination for many naturalists from all over the world, and its bird
population is one of the main attractions.
Over 850 species of birds
live in Costa Rica, far more than have been identified in North America,
Europe or Australia.