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A list of plants of the subtropical alpine cloud forests of the Cordillera de Talamanca in Costa Rica Lista de las plantas de los bosques nubosos subalpinos de la Cordillera de Talamanca en Costa Rica

by Kappelle, M; Omme, L. van.
Publisher: 1997ISSN: 0304-3711.Subject(s): BOSQUE SUBALPINO | BOSQUE TROPICAL | PLANTAS LEÑOSAS | ARBOLES FORESTALES | BIODIVERSIDAD | FLORA | RECURSOS GENETICOS | COSTA RICA | SUBALPINE FORESTS | TROPICAL FORESTS | WOODY PLANTS | FOREST TREES | BIODIVERSITY | FLORA | GENETIC RESOURCES | COSTA RICA | FORET SUBALPINE | FORET TROPICALE | PLANTE LIGNEUSE | ARBRE FORESTIER | BIODIVERSITE | FLORE | RESSOURCE GENETIQUE | COSTA RICA In: Brenesia (Costa Rica) (no.47-48) p. 55-71Summary: A checklist is presented of the vascular plant species found in the tropical subalpine cloud forests of the Cordillera de Talamanca. A total of 195 species in 74 families have been identified. The most diverse families are Asteraceae (25 species), Ericaceae (10), Rosaceae (10), Lomariopsidaceae [Aspleniaceae] (8), Polypodiaceae (7) and Lycopodiaceae (6), while the most species-rich genera are Elaphoglossum (8 species), Polypodium (5), Chusquea (4), Hypericum (4) and Lycopodium (4). Woody plants comprise 50.2 percent, whereas herbs and ferns make up 27.7 and 22.1 percent of the flora, respectively. Only 41 tree species were found (21.0 percent).
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A checklist is presented of the vascular plant species found in the tropical subalpine cloud forests of the Cordillera de Talamanca. A total of 195 species in 74 families have been identified. The most diverse families are Asteraceae (25 species), Ericaceae (10), Rosaceae (10), Lomariopsidaceae [Aspleniaceae] (8), Polypodiaceae (7) and Lycopodiaceae (6), while the most species-rich genera are Elaphoglossum (8 species), Polypodium (5), Chusquea (4), Hypericum (4) and Lycopodium (4). Woody plants comprise 50.2 percent, whereas herbs and ferns make up 27.7 and 22.1 percent of the flora, respectively. Only 41 tree species were found (21.0 percent).

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