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Andean Flowering Plants Digitization Project
The montane forests of northern Peru are fragmented and range up to 3000 m (ca. 9800 feet) where they grade into alpine vegetation (jalca or puna), and at their lower limits 1500 m (ca. 5000 feet), where they grade into tropical deciduous forests, semiarid scrub, or ceja de montaña, depending upon their versant.
This database contains the specimen-label information from over 20,000 collections from northern Peru (Departments Amazonas, Ancash, Cajamarca, Piura, Lambayeque, La Libertad). Many of the accessions are from a series of floristic inventories conducted by Michael O. Dillon and his Peruvian collaborators. These efforts were supported, in part, by National Geographic Society and covers an area designated as a biodiversity hotspot.
Credits: Determinations of constituent records were largely provided by taxonomic experts and the inventories have yielded over 5000 species, including ferns, gymnosperms, and flowering plants. Detailed discussion of montane forest distribution and generic listing can be found in Dillon, M. O., A. Sagástegui A., I. Sánchez V., S. Llatas Q., & N. Hensold. 1995. Floristic Inventory and Biogeographic Analysis of Montane Forests in Northwestern Peru. Biodiversity and Conservation of Neotropical Montane Forests, pp. 251-269. The New York Botanical Garden, New York.
- South America, Peru, Amazonas
- South America, Peru, Ancash
- South America, Peru, Cajamarca
- South America, Peru, Piura
- South America, Peru, Lambayeque
- South America, Peru, La Libertad