Plant Diversity of an Andean Cloud Forest: Inventory of the Vascular Flora of Maquipucuna, Ecuador

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Based on work spanning a decade, this study of the Maquipucuna area on the western slopes of the Andes discusses the climate, vegetation, ecological relationships, and flora, and emphasizes the importance of the Maquipucuna area as a biological reserve. In addition to the checklist of the flora, which enumerates 1,650 species (including 228 species of pteridophytes and over 200 species of orchids), appendices give information on floristic composition of communities, distribution of epiphytes, and elevational ...
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Based on work spanning a decade, this study of the Maquipucuna area on the western slopes of the Andes discusses the climate, vegetation, ecological relationships, and flora, and emphasizes the importance of the Maquipucuna area as a biological reserve. In addition to the checklist of the flora, which enumerates 1,650 species (including 228 species of pteridophytes and over 200 species of orchids), appendices give information on floristic composition of communities, distribution of epiphytes, and elevational ranges of families and genera. The illustrations include a map, landscapes, and characteristic species.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780520098305
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 4/26/2001
  • Series: UC Publications in Botany Series
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Acknowledgments
Abstract & Resumen
Introduction 1
Climate and Topography 3
Vegetation 4
Floristics of Ecuadorian Cloud Forests 6
Analysis of the Vascular Flora of Maquipucuna 10
Relationships with Other Floras 17
Conservational Status of the Maquipucuna Cloud Forests 26
Circumscription of the Region Covered by the Inventory 28
Enumeration of Taxa 29
App. A Dominant or conspicuous taxa of secondary and roadside vegetation in the Maquipucuna region, between 1150 and 1500m 197
App. B Dominant or abundant taxa of primary cloud forest (lower montane forest), 1700-2000 m 199
App. C Dominant or abundant taxa of upper montane forest, 2100-2750 m 201
App. D Dominant and conspicuous taxa in riparian vegetation, 1125-2002 m 203
App. E Distribution of epiphytes in the Maquipucuna vascular flora 205
Literature Cited 207
Plates 213
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