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The legumes of Ecuador project
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Biology, Department of Organismal Biology, Systematic Biology.
2014 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The main objective of the Legumes of Ecuador project is to produce a first-ever, taxonomic treatment of the legume family in Ecuador within a period of 6-8 years. To achieve this goal a large number of specialists from several countries will contribute treatments within their areas of expertise. A first volume including a key to genera, short generic descriptions and representative photos of selected species will be published this fall. Several other volumes are in progress. In the last survey of Leguminosae in Ecuador (Catalogue of vascular plants of Ecuador), a total of 127 genera and 591 species were reported from the country. The first volume of Leguminosae for Flora of Ecuador includes at present 147 genera, seven of which have not yet been recorded in Ecuador but are expected to occur there because of their occurrences in neighbouring countries. The total number of species reported from Ecuador is at present 663. The most species rich genera are Inga (+75 spp.), Senna (40 spp.), Lupinus (22 spp.), Mimosa (21 spp.), Desmodium (20 spp.), Acacia s.l. (16 spp.), and Erythrina (13 spp.). Given the increase in the number of species reported from Ecuador during the last 15 years it is clear that additional field work is essential for reaching a better understanding of the taxonomy, distribution and conservation status of many taxa. 

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biodiversity, floristics, conservation
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Natural Sciences
Research subject
Biology with specialization in Systematics
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-239912OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-239912DiVA: diva2:775619
15th Nordic meeting on tropical botany, 13-15 August 2014, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Available from: 2015-01-04 Created: 2015-01-04 Last updated: 2015-06-29Bibliographically approved

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