Heliconiaceae endemic to Peru

Blanca León

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The Heliconiaceae are represented in Peru by one genus, Heliconia, and 35 species (Brako & Zarucchi, 1993), all herbs. Here we recognize four endemic species, one of which was assigned an IUCN threat category. These taxa generally occupy the understory of the lower limits of the Humid Premontane Forest region, between 670 and 1200 m elevation. Only one of Peru's four endemic species has been registered to date in a protected area.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)751s
Number of pages1
JournalRevista Peruana de Biologia
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2006


  • Endemic plants
  • Endemism
  • Heliconia
  • Heliconiaceae
  • Peru


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