Dioscoreaceae endemic to Peru

Blanca León

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The Dioscoreaceae family consists of vines and herbs. In the Peruvian flora, the family is represented by 77 species in the genus Dioscorea (Brako & Zarucchi, 1993; Ulloa Ulloa et al., 2004). Here we recognize 21 endemic taxa. We assigned IUCN threat categories to five species. The endemic taxa in this family occupy a wide range of ecological regions between 100 and 4250 m elevation, from the Subtropical Coastal Desert to the Mesic Shrubland and Dry and Humid Puna and Paramo; however, the majority of endemics are found in the Humid Montane Forest region. Six species endemic to Peru have been reported to occur in the country's protected areas network.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)745s-748s
Number of pages0
JournalRevista Peruana de Biologia
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2006


  • Dioscorea
  • Dioscoreaceae
  • Endemic plants
  • Endemism
  • Peru


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