Paramos: a checklist of plant diversity, geographical distribution, and botanical literature.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Books (Book reviews)
Author: Grant, Jason
Pub Date: 11/01/2008
Publication: Name: Journal of the Bromeliad Society Publisher: Bromeliad Society International Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Biological sciences Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2008 Bromeliad Society International ISSN: 0090-8738
Issue: Date: Nov-Dec, 2008 Source Volume: 58 Source Issue: 6
Topic: NamedWork: Paramos: A Checklist of Plant Diversity, Geographical Distribuion, and Botanical Literature (Memoirs of the New York Botanical Garden) (Nonfiction work)
Persons: Reviewee: Luteyn, James L.
Accession Number: 192689070
Full Text: Paramos: a checklist of plant diversity, geographical distribution, and botanical literature. Memoirs of the New York Botanical Garden. James L. Luteyn. 1999. 25.5 cm, 278 pages, hard cover. ISBN 0-89327-427-5, English. New York Botanical Garden Press.

This books serves as a general introduction the paramo ecosystem in South America. The paramo is a typical grassland ecosystem of high elevation areas (30005000 m) in the Andes dominated by grasses and other low plants. These regions have a high amount of biodiversity and endemic species. Within the introduction are texts that cover geographical distribution, climate, soils, paleohistory and paleoecology, vegetation zonation, morphological and physiological adaptations, growth forms, flora, fauna, human influence, impact of burning and grazing. This is followed by a checklist of plants (lichens, mosses, hepatics, and vascular plants) of the paramo, and most importantly a gazetteer of paramo localities, divided into sections on Costa Rica-Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Peru. This gazetteer provides the name of each paramo, its elevation, latitude, longitude, political division, and any relevant notes. This should be used in conjunction with the Flora Generica de los Paramos, reviewed below.
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