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Published: 2009-10-20

Three new species of scaly tree ferns (Cyathea-Cyatheaceae) from the northern Andes

Andean cordillera biodiversity Colombia Cyathea Ecuador ferns pteridophytes


Three species of the genus Cyathea (Cyatheaceae-Polypodiopsida) are described as new to science from the northern Andes: Cyathea aemula from southern Colombia and northern Ecuador, C. ars from southeastern Ecuador, and C.guentheriana from northeastern Ecuador. All species are illustrated and compared to their putative closest relatives.