Richness and uses in a diverse palm site in Bolivia

Mónica Moraes R., Jaime Sarmiento, Eduardo Oviedo

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The study site is located in the southern part of the Iturralde Province, Department of La Paz, in western Bolivia. This area is generally characterized by mixed vegetation types from the tropical mountain forests as well as lowland forests and savannas. It lies in an altitudinal range of 400-1850 m, with an average temperature of 24-28°C and a rainfall of 2000-5000 mm per year. The richness in palms of this region is the highest reported for Bolivia; it comprises 19 genera, 70% of all genera known in Bolivia and 29 palm species (34%). Three main phytogeographic elements are mixed and integrated in the area; palms from the Andean, Amazonian, and Central Brazilian (Cerrado) units are found in approximately 4.5 ha. Nearly 66% of these palm species are concentrated in the mountain forests between 500-1800 m, reaching the highest altitudinal limit in this area, of which the most common species is Iriartea deltoidea. Approximately 55% of the palm species are used by local people - the original ethnic group, the Tacanas, and settlers- in order to get materials for construction, different qualities of thatching, fruit for food and beverages, fibres for artesanal products, medicines and handicrafts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)719-727
Number of pages9
JournalBiodiversity and Conservation
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 1995
Externally publishedYes


  • Bolivia
  • diversity
  • palm
  • uses


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