Floristics of Ecuadorian Cloud Forests

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:
Floristics of Ecuadorian Cloud Forests

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This chapter discusses some of the published checklists of rain forest areas in Ecuador. Within Ecuador, there are few published checklists of montane rain forest areas that could provide comparisons with the flora of Maquipucuna. The recent checklist of the high Andean flora by Jerrgensen and Ulloa (1994) is quite useful for upper montane taxa (2,400m and above) at Maquipucuna, where there are 112 of their 137 characteristic genera. Of considerable relevance to the Maquipucuna area is the analysis of the useful plants of the Reserva Geobotánica del Pululahua by Cerón (1993). Because of the elevational range within Maquipucuna of about 1,600m (1,200–2,800m), it is of some interest to determine the extent to which the various taxa occur at different elevations. The publication of the checklist of a cloud forest area in Ecuador is significant because of the scarcity of annotated floristic lists for cloud forest areas in the Andes as a whole and in Ecuador in particular.

Keywords: rain forest areas; Ecuador; Maquipucuna; Reserva Geobotánica; cloud forest area; Andes

Chapter.  1753 words. 

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry

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