Book ID: 110291
Los colores del paramo de Chingaza. Guia de plants. 2019. (Serie Guias de Campo del Instituto de Ciencias Naturales, Univ. Nac. de Colombia, no. 20). ca 420 col. photogr. 378 p. Paper bd.
An illustrated guide to the flowering plants from the Paramo of the Chin- gaza National Natural Park is presented. Located in the Eastern Cordillera of the Colombian Andes, this protected area is very important because it is source of potable water to approximately ten million people, mostly from Bogota. Furthermore, the Chin gaza Paramo is an ideal place for scientific activities, teaching practices, leisure, and ecotourism given its cultural importance, scenic beauty and biodiversity. In the Paramo of Chin gaza we find 853 species of flowering plants, grouped in 96 families and 308 genera. The most diverse families were Asteraceae and Orchidaceae, followed by Poaceae, Melastomataceae, Ericaceae and Bromeliaceae. The most speciose genus was Epidendrurn (Orchidaceae), followed by Miconia (Melastomataceae), Pentacalia (Asteraceae), Ageratina (Asteraceae) and Hypericurn (Hypericaceae). We found 7 threatened species according to the IUCN criteria: Puya loca (CR), Salvia atnetkystina (EN) and Greigia mulfordii, Cyrtochuluni ioplocon, C. revolutum, C. weirii and Odontoglossunigloriosuvn (all VU). Moreover, the catalogue also includes 198 species endemic to Colombia (19 are restricted to Chingaza), 247 new records for the Chingaza Paramo, and 7 new species to science (of the genera Cyvtochi/ui, Epidendrurn, Lepantkes, Plutarchia and Scheffleva). This guide illustrates approximately 400 species of plants with photographs and information about their geographic distribution or conservation status. In addition to this, this book also presents an illustrated section about the morphology used in the botanical descriptions and the taxonomic keys, a synopsis on the flora of the Chingaza Paramo, and keys forthe identification of families and some important groups in the Paramo (genera of Ericaceae, Melastomataceae and Orchidaceae, and species of Hypericurn, Puya and frailejones).