Chapter

Relationships with other Floras

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/9780520098305.003.0006
Relationships with other Floras

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This chapter presents a comparison of the Maquipucuna flora with other Andean floras, and compares the floras of Maquipucuna with those of the Cerro del Torra, Chocó province and Parque Ávila. It also compares the most species-rich families in the Maquipucuna flora with their representatives in the flora for eastern slopes of the Peruvian Andes and for the northwestern Peruvian cloud forests, and with those of Macaé de Cima and Río Palenque. Overall, the Maquipucuna flora appears typical of both North and South American cloud forests in its elevated percentage of families with a high proportion of epiphytes: Araceae, Orchidaceae, Piperaceae, and pteridophytes. It is anomalous in comparison to sites in other countries in its unusually high representation of Asteraceae, Piperaceae, and Solanaceae, but not when compared to mid-elevation regions in Ecuador.

Keywords: Maquipucuna flora; Cerro del Torra; Choco province; Parque Ávila; Peruvian Andes; Macaé de Cima; Río Palenque

Chapter.  2516 words. 

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry

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