A PRELIMINARY CHECKLIST OF THE VASCULAR PLANTS OF THE CHIQUIBUL FOREST, BELIZE

BRIDGEWATER, S. G. M. and HARRIS, D. J. and WHITEFOORD, C. and MONRO, A. K. and PENN, M. G. and SUTTON, D. A. and SAYER, B. and ADAMS, B. and BALICK, M. J. and ATHA, D. H. and SOLOMON, J. and HOLST, B. K. (2006) A PRELIMINARY CHECKLIST OF THE VASCULAR PLANTS OF THE CHIQUIBUL FOREST, BELIZE. Edinburgh Journal of Botany, 63 (2-3). p. 269. ISSN 0960-4286

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    Abstract

    Covering an area of 177,000 hectares, the region known within Belize as the Chiquibul Forest comprises the country’s largest forest reserve and includes the Chiquibul Forest Reserve, the Chiquibul National Park and the Caracol Archaeological Reserve. Based on 7047 herbarium and live collections, a checklist of 1355 species of vascular plant is presented for this area, of which 87 species are believed to be new records for the country. Of the 41 species of plant known to be endemic to Belize, four have been recorded within the Chiquibul, and 12 species are listed in The World Conservation Union (IUCN) 2006 Red List of Threatened Species. Although the Chiquibul Forest has been relatively well collected, there are geographical biases in botanical sampling which have focused historically primarily on the limestone forests of the Chiquibul Forest Reserve. A brief review of the collecting history of the Chiquibul is provided, and recommendations are given on where future collecting efforts may best be focused. The Chiquibul Forest is shown to be a significant regional centre of plant diversity and an important component of the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor.

    Item Type: Peer-reviewed Journal Article
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    Unique ID or DOI: 10.1017/S0960428606000618
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    Keywords: Vascular, Plants, Belize, Chiquibul, Forest, Reserve, conservation, flora, species checklist
    Subjects: (A) Biodiversity > (AH) Plants
    (C) Ecosystems > (CC) Terrestrial > (CCA) Broad-Leaved Forest
    (H) Protected Areas > (HA) Archaeological Reserve
    (H) Protected Areas > (HC) Forest Reserve
    (H) Protected Areas > (HE) National Park
    Publication Sources: (3) Other Source > (3D) Other or Unspecified
    Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2010 10:35
    Last Modified: 20 Jan 2011 14:50
    URI: http://eprints.uberibz.org/id/eprint/14

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