Plants I-Barro Colorado Island, Panama

Camila's first experience as an illustrator was an internship she did at the Smithsonian Tropical Reserch Institute, in Barro Colorado Island (BCI), Panama. During eleven months, she illustrated over 80 plant species for the Panama Web Tree Atlas ( The island has 1500 ha of tropical lowland forest, and hosts hundreds of students and researchers every year. Above, you can see an illustration of the island map made with seeds from some of the common plant species of the forest. All the illustrations of this collection were done with pen and ink using very fine tips. All plant samples were collected directly from the forest and inmediately drawn in the lab.