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Plant Diversity of an Andean Cloud ForestInventory of the Vascular Flora of Maquipucuna, Ecuador$
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Grady Webster

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520098305

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520098305.001.0001

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Relationships with other Floras

Relationships with other Floras

(p.17) Relationships with other Floras
Plant Diversity of an Andean Cloud Forest

Grady L. Webster

Robert M. Rhode

University of California Press

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

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