Photo Friday: Flora Biodiversity in the Carabaya Mountains

The Carabaya Mountains in the Peruvian Andes contain the largest tropical glacial system, the Quelccaya. As temperatures rise, this region will become increasingly susceptible to landscape changes and vegetation loss. The Carabaya Mountains are home to over 506 vascular plant species. A recent research article documents the immense biodiversity of flora within this region and urges for conservation of tropical mountain systems. Many species are endemic to this mountain range, meaning they’re only found here.

Some research photos of the diverse flora are shown below.

Carabaya Mountains (Source: WCS Peru/Flickr).

 

Gentiana sedifolia (Gentianaceae) (Source: Paúl Gonzáles, Blanca León, Asunción Cano, and Peter M. Jørgensen).

 

Nototriche staffordiae (Malvaceae) (Source: Paúl Gonzáles, Blanca León, Asunción Cano, and Peter M. Jørgensen).

 

Poa apiculata (Poaceae) (Source: Paúl Gonzáles, Blanca León, Asunción Cano, and Peter M. Jørgensen).

 

Salpichroa amoena (Solanaceae) (Source: Paúl Gonzáles, Blanca León, Asunción Cano Echeverría, and Peter M. Jørgensen).

 

 

 

 

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