Flowering Plants of the Páramos (image) Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Share Print E-Mail Caption The páramo vegetation is commonly characterized by tussock grasses, low-standing shrubs, and the giant rosettes of the Espeletia (Center), one of the most conspicuous plant endemics of the Andean high elevations. At the end of rainy season many different plants flower and add a welcome coloring to the mostly grassy scenery, such as Lupinus (purple top left) and Hypericum (yellow bottom left), and a wide range of orchids (yellow top left). Credit Suzette Flantua Usage Restrictions None Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.