Spatial structure of Pleurothallis, Masdevallia, Lepanthes and Epidendrum epiphytic orchids in a fragment of montane cloud forest in South Ecuador

Orchids are the most diverse family of vascular plants in Ecuador with 228 genera and nearly 4000 species. More than 60% of these species are epi- phytes, being Pleurothallis R.Br., Epidendrum L., Lepanthes Sw. and Masdevallia Ruiz & Pav., with 472, 358, 314 and 226 species respectively, som...

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Main Authors: Riofrío, Lorena, Naranjo, Carlos, Iriondo, José, Torres, Elena
Format: Artículo
Language: Español
Published: Universidad de Costa Rica 2015
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Online Access: http://revistas.ucr.ac.cr/index.php/lankesteriana/article/view/18447
http://hdl.handle.net/10669/21042
Summary: Orchids are the most diverse family of vascular plants in Ecuador with 228 genera and nearly 4000 species. More than 60% of these species are epi- phytes, being Pleurothallis R.Br., Epidendrum L., Lepanthes Sw. and Masdevallia Ruiz & Pav., with 472, 358, 314 and 226 species respectively, some of the genera with greater number of epiphytic orchids (Dodson 1994-2003).