Pacific Offshore Chile

Moreira-Munoz A.; Werger M.

Keywords: evolution, flora, south-america, lactoridaceae, family, vegetation, juan-fernandez-islands, archipelago, robinson-crusoe island, CAMPANULACEAE


The study of island biotas has been one of the most productive issues in biogeography. Indeed, one of the most interesting and challenging aspects of Chilean plant geography correspond to the Pacific islands offshore the American continent. This applies especially for the Juan Fernandez and the Islas Desventuradas archipelagos that are analyzed regarding their geographical relationships. The flora of Juan Fernandez is especially attractive for biogeography due to the presence of many locally endemic taxa, and a primitive endemic family: the Lactoridaceae, represented by the only species Lactoris fernandeziana. Finally, the threatened status of most of the Fernandezian flora is discussed with attention for the possibilities of conservation and restoration.

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Fecha de publicación: 2011
Página de inicio: 153
Página final: 179
Idioma: English
Financiamiento/Sponsor: Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
Notas: DOI: 10.1007/978-90-481-8748-5_5