'Cyphomandra vitra'

Oil on canvas 
120 x 80 cm

This vine was discovered by Quaker immigrants in Costa Rica in the 1950s and is a distant relative of the tomato. It lives high in the canopy of the Monteverde rainforest, with its roots embedded in the tree trunks.
The sticky fluid this plant secretes during fall is a powerful insect repellent which also benefits its host.

Here is a blog about my inspiration for this and other paintings.