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Henrik Balslev

Palms and Palm Communities in the Upper Ucayali River Valley - a Little-Known Region in the Amazon Basin

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  • Ecoinformatics & Biodiversity
The Amazon region and its palms are inseparable. Palms make up such an important part of the rain forest ecosystem that it is impossible to imagine the Amazon basin without them. Palms are visible in the canopy and often fill up the forest understory. Palms – because of their edible fruits – are cornerstone species for the survival of many animals, and palms contribute substantially to forest inventories in which they are often among the ten most important families. Still, the palms and palm communities of some parts of the Amazon basin remain poorly studied and little known. We travelled to a little-explored corner of the western Amazon basin, the upper Ucayali river valley. There, we encountered 56 different palms, 18 of which had not been registered for the region previously, and 21 of them were found 150–400 km beyond their previously known limits.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-72
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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