Tropical Andean palms (Arecaceae)

Mónica Graciela Moraes Ramirez, G. Galeano, R. Bernal, H. Balslev, A. Henderson

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The flora of the tropical Andean highlands >1000 m includes 85 palm species in 21 genera, or 14% of all Neotropical palms. The Andean palms are composed of lowland elements that ascend the slopes to 1500 m elevation or, rarely, higher and the truly Andean elements (occurring in the belt from 3150 m downward) of which some descend into the lowlands adjacent to the cordillera. Forty-four palm species and two genera, Ceroxylon and Parajubaea, or 7%, of the Neotropical palm flora are exclusively Andean. Five palm genera have reached their highest diversification in the Andes: Aiphanes, Ceroxylon, Dictyocaryum, Parajubaea and Wettinia. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)473-487
Number of pages15
JournalUnknown Journal
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes


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