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1 January 2015 The floristic composition and biodiversity of Orchidaceae in the Guatopo National Park, Venezuela and the urgent need for the conservation of the parks biodiversity
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The Orchidaceae is one of the best represented plant families in Venezuela with nearly 1506 species and 213 genera. Detailed floristics and inventories, however, are needed for different unexplored and underexplored areas of the national parks of Venezuela. The current study was conducted to develop a comprehensive inventory of Orchidaceae in Guatopo National Park (GNP), to assess diversity and distribution, to enhance our knowledge of the local flora, and to determine their conservation priorities. A total of 179 species representing 87 genera of Orchidaceae are reported here. The genera with most species are Epidendrum (18), Pleurothallis (10), Stelis (8), Maxillaria (7), Scaphyglottis (7) Dichaea (5), Maxillariella (5), Prosthechea (5), and Xylobium (5). About 13.40% of the taxa reported in the park are under some categories of the IUCN Red List for threatened species. GNP is one of the protected areas of the north-central region of Venezuela that requires further studies from the perspective of its great biodiversity and in particular to assess the status of existing orchid populations that are under several local anthropogenic threats.
Torrey Botanical Club
Eliana Noguera-Savelli, William Cetzal-Ix, Mariflor Burguillos, Jan Tillett, Elizabeth Jiménez and Saikat Kumar Basu "The floristic composition and biodiversity of Orchidaceae in the Guatopo National Park, Venezuela and the urgent need for the conservation of the parks biodiversity 1," The Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 142(1), (1 January 2015). https://doi.org/10.3159/TORREY-D-14-00049.1
Received: 4 June 2014; Accepted: ; Published: 1 January 2015
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