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A new, critically endangered species of Aiphanes (Arecaceae) from Colombia

RODRIGO BERNAL, SAÚL E. HOYOS-GÓMEZ, FINN BORCHSENIUS

Abstract


Aiphanes argos is a new species of palm segregated from Aiphanes parvifolia, which is now recognized to be a species complex. Aiphanes argos is one of the few rheophytic members of the palm family, and is endemic to a small area in the Samaná Norte River canyon in Antioquia, Colombia, where it is critically endangered because its populations are threatened by the damming of the river for a hydroelectric plant. The epiteth argos is the name of the conglomerate that intends to build the dam, and is given to the palm as a plea for the conservation of the Samaná Norte River canyon.


Keywords


endangered species, palms, rheophytes, South America, Monocots

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/phytotaxa.298.1.6

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ISSN 1179-3155 (print); ISSN 1179-3163 (online)

Published by Magnolia Press, Auckland, New Zealand