Frailejones – Espeletia pycnophylla and fog, Páramo El Ángel / Thomas van Hengstum, Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA Páramo El Ángel in Ecuador is characteristic example of such ecosystems – here thousands of frailejones are rising up to 10 m tall. These ecosystems have. Search for: Search for: Futurity is your source of research news from leading universities. About Futurity · Universities · Science · Health · Culture · Environment. M Espeletia pycnophylla Cuatrec. is an accepted name. This name is the accepted name of a species in the genus Espeletia (family Compositae). The record.

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Espeletia pycnophylla – Wikispecies

However, genetic analyses are still needed to support these results. Espeletia Mutis ex Bonpl. Unique ecosystem In these harsh conditions has developed very special ecosystem. Map could not be loaded – please enable Javascript!

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I n the highlands of tropics in several locations of the world have formed unique montane moors with eerie, tall plants. Articles with ‘species’ microformats All espeetia with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from February Commons category link from Wikidata. Libanothamnus Ernst Tamania Cuatrec. You have entered an incorrect email address!

Please enter your name here. This frailejone has very soft, pubescent leaves.


The moist climate turns this all into a soaked sponge. The climate here is moist — the warmed air mases from the Pacific become cold here and the moisture precipitates on the mountains. This plant grows only some 2.

The old leaves do not fall off — they enclose the stem and allow development of new roots along the stem. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

For most time of the year these highland meadows are shrouded in fog. Many plants have developed very eespeletia, “plumy” leaves and flowers. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies.

In total in this genus are some 45 — species, all growing in the Andes of Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador. The flowers are usually yellow, similar to daisies. They are the only extranjeros outsiders in this homely, chilly town at 10, feet, where every pyvnophylla a spectacular mass of clouds rolls up from the river valley below and envelopes the town.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The trunk is thick, with succulent hairy leaves disposed in a dense spiral pattern.

Some of these plants have not been found anywhere else — such as the bromeliad Puya angelensis E. Espeletiacommonly known as ‘frailejones’, is a genus of perennial subshrubs, in the sunflower pycnophylls.

One method is — growing in rosettes, thus the wind can not chill the centre of the plant.


pycnopbylla Plant has healing properties. In these harsh conditions has developed very special ecosystem. While many baby boomers are downsizing to a simpler retirement lifestyle, photographer and writer Judy Blankenship and her husband Michael Jenkins took a more challenging leap in deciding to build a house on the side of a mountain in southern Ecuador. Six greatest cathedrals of Italy and four more. Top 10 tallest trees in the world Biological wonders December 23, Wikimedia Commons has media related to Espeletia.

Espeletia pycnophylla subsp. pycnophylla

pycnophyla Near the park has been found the extremely rare Puya angelensishere grows the amazing Puya clava-herculis with unusual blue flowers, Puya hamata.

The soil and the air is cold. Thus each plant manages to keep the temperature of its stem above zero even in strong, chilly winds. These plants are beloved by spectacled bear Tremarctos ornatuswhich also is met in these highlands.

Species diversity here is much higher than in the temperate moorlands of the pycnohylla — but much lower than in the nearby tropical rainforests. Espeletia pycnophylla is the most common frailejone in Ecuador.