By Franklin S. Axelrod
Have you puzzled the place a Puerto Rican plant grows, while it flora, the place it comes from? good, here's an annotated list of the vascular crops almost immediately came across turning out to be within the wild at the island of Puerto Rico that may be a useful relief to botanists, ecologists, foresters and anybody else drawn to the plants of Puerto Rico. right here you can find the distribution of vascular crops in the island supplied based on a singular scheme that comes with either large physiographic parts and particular geographical websites. those are either defined within the textual content and illustrated through 3 maps. additionally, you will locate invaluable info at the instances of flowering, fruiting, and spore creation for every plant and in addition references for every one to fresh monographs on Puerto Rican vegetation the place a fuller description of every could be found.
In the prior few years there were many alterations within the names of person plant taxa (species, subspecies, and forms) and within the alignment of plant households. those alterations are recorded during this paintings in this type of manner that older medical names in addition to Spanish universal names might be tracked to new permitted ones. on the grounds that there's a lot overlap of the Puerto Rican plant life with that of different Caribbean islands and parts, those nomenclatural adjustments can be of use to researchers operating in these areas.
This list covers 2909 taxa which are incorporated in 1053 genera and 210 households. of those taxa 2335 (80.2%) are local and 574 (19.7%) are unique; of the local ones, 243 (10.4%) are endemic.
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