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Introduction

Grady L. Webster and Robert M. Rhode

in Plant Diversity of an Andean Cloud Forest

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2001 | ISBN: 9780520098305
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520915930 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520098305.003.0001
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The Bosque Protector Maquipucuna, a private biological reserve of the Fundación Maquipucuna, lies on the western slopes of the Andes, bounded by steep valleys southeast of the town of Nanega, and includes about 4,500 hectares of mountainous terrain. The Maquipucuna reserve has been utilized for biological research by a number of investigators, but so far, little of its biodiversity has been documented in print. This book presents a checklist documenting the plant diversity of the Bosque Protector Maquipucuna and adjacent areas, in Cantón Quito, Provincia Pichincha, Ecuador. This checklist is intended to increase knowledge of Andean plant biogeography, facilitate ecological studies, and expedite conservation efforts to preserve the great wealth of biodiversity in Ecuadorian cloud forests.

Keywords: Bosque Protector Maquipucuna; Andes; Nanega; Maquipucuna reserve; Cantón Quito; Provincia Pichincha; conservation; Ecuadorian cloud forests

Chapter.  775 words. 

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry

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