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The outstandingly speciose epiphytic flora of a single strangler fig (Ficus crassiuscula) in a Peruvian montane cloud forest

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Catchpole, DJ and Kirkpatrick, JB, The outstandingly speciose epiphytic flora of a single strangler fig (Ficus crassiuscula) in a Peruvian montane cloud forest, Tropical montane cloud forests: Science for conservation and management, Cambridge University Press, LA Bruijnzeel, FN Scatena, LS Hamilton (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 142-146. ISBN 978-051177838-4 (2011) [Research Book Chapter]

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Copyright 2010 Cambridge University Press

DOI: doi:10.1017/CBO9780511778384.015

Abstract

An unprecedented total of 190 holo-epiphytic and five hemi-epiphytic vascular plant species were collected from the canopy and the trunk of a single strangler fig (Ficus crassiuscula) in a Peruvian montane cloud forest. A large majority of the vascular species were rare in occurrence, suggesting a high proportion of patchily distributed species within the cloud forest. One hundred and fourteen of the vascular epiphyte species were orchids, 37 species were ferns, and 17 species were bromeliads. Seventy-three of the orchid species belonged to the Pleurothallidinae. Peru is one of the global strongholds of remaining unmodified tropical montane cloud forest. However, cloud forest studies on any topic emanating from Peru are relatively rare. The outstanding epiphyte species richness of a single tree highlights both the importance of cloud forests for global biodiversity, and the urgency for more research and conservation initiatives within the cloud forests of Peru.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Terrestrial Ecology
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Objective Field:Forest and Woodlands Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Author:Catchpole, DJ (Mr Damian Catchpole)
Author:Kirkpatrick, JB (Professor James Kirkpatrick)
ID Code:118447
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2017-07-12
Last Modified:2017-10-16
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