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Sanchezia speciosa
(shrubby whitevein)

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Sanchezia speciosa (shrubby whitevein)

Summary

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  • 21 November 2019
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Invasive Species
  • Host Plant
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Sanchezia speciosa
  • Preferred Common Name
  • shrubby whitevein
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Plantae
  •     Phylum: Spermatophyta
  •       Subphylum: Angiospermae
  •         Class: Dicotyledonae
  • Summary of Invasiveness
  • S. speciosa is a large erect shrub included in the Global Compendium of Weeds (Randall, 2012) and also listed as i...

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Identity

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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Sanchezia speciosa Leonard

Preferred Common Name

  • shrubby whitevein

International Common Names

  • English: large-bract sanchezia
  • Spanish: sanchesia, cachimbillo amarillo

Summary of Invasiveness

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S. speciosa is a large erect shrub included in the Global Compendium of Weeds (Randall, 2012) and also listed as invasive in the Cook Islands, Hawaii, Fiji, New Caledonia, and Reunion (Meyer & Lavergne, 2004). The species is also reported to be invasive near streams in Jamaica (Adams, 1972). S. speciosa is commonly planted as an ornamental and can be found naturalized in wet and shady areas in the understory of low elevation wet forests. It grows forming dense covers in the understory of native and secondary wet forests and presumably competing with native species (Meyer and Lavergne, 2004).

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Plantae
  •         Phylum: Spermatophyta
  •             Subphylum: Angiospermae
  •                 Class: Dicotyledonae
  •                     Order: Scrophulariales
  •                         Family: Acanthaceae
  •                             Genus: Sanchezia
  •                                 Species: Sanchezia speciosa

Notes on Taxonomy and Nomenclature

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The family Acanthaceae includes about 221 genera and 4000 species widespread in both New and Old World Tropics (Scotland and Vollesen, 2000; Stevens, 2012). Species within this family are herbs or woody shrubs, lianas and trees. The genus Sanchezia is included in the subfamily Ruellieae. This genus is native to the New World and comprises 59 species which are diverse morphologically, ecologically, and geographically (Tripp et al., 2013). Sanchezia species are important horticulturally and are widely planted as street shrubs or living fences (Scotland and Vollesen, 2000; Tripp et al., 2013).

Description

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S. speciosa is a semiwoody evergreen shrub growing up 3 m with smooth bright green or purple stems, large variegated leaves and colourful flowers. Leaves simple, opposite, blade oblong to elliptic, 10-40 cm long, green or with yellow veins. Flowers continuously through the year; flowers several, borne in clusters on an erect terminal spike sometimes divided at the base, with an ovate orange to red bract below each flower cluster. Corolla of fused petals, tubular, 4.5-5.5 cm long with five short, rounded lobes, yellow to orange, bearing oblanceolate orange sepals half as long, two protruding stamens. Fruit a narrowly cylindrical capsule, infrequently formed in cultivation (Whistler, 2000).

Plant Type

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Seed propagated
Shrub
Vegetatively propagated

Distribution

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S. speciosa is native to the wet forests of Colombia and Ecuador (USDA-ARS, 2014). It is naturalized in low elevation wet forests in Central America, the Caribbean, and several islands in the Pacific Ocean (Adams, 1972; Meyer and Lavergne, 2004; Acevedo and Strong, 2012; Randall, 2012; PIER, 2014).

Distribution Table

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The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.

Last updated: 10 Jan 2020
Continent/Country/Region Distribution Last Reported Origin First Reported Invasive Reference Notes

Africa

MayottePresentIntroducedPIER (2014)
RéunionPresentIntroducedInvasiveMeyer and Lavergne (2004)

Asia

IndiaPresentIntroducedFlora of India (2014)Cultivated
MalaysiaPresentIntroducedMohammadjavad Paydar et al. (2013)Cultivated
SingaporePresentIntroducedChong et al. (2009)

North America

BarbadosPresentIntroducedAcevedo-Rodríguez and Strong (2012)
Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba
-SabaPresentIntroducedAcevedo-Rodríguez and Strong (2012)
CubaPresentIntroducedAcevedo-Rodríguez and Strong (2012)
GuadeloupePresentIntroducedAcevedo-Rodríguez and Strong (2012)
JamaicaPresentIntroducedInvasiveAdams (1972)
MartiniquePresentIntroducedAcevedo-Rodríguez and Strong (2012)
PanamaPresent, Only in captivity/cultivationIntroducedSedas et al. (2009)
United StatesPresentCABI (Undated a)Present based on regional distribution.
-FloridaPresent, Only in captivity/cultivationIntroducedBlack (2003)Cultivated
-HawaiiPresentIntroducedInvasiveParker and Parsons (2012)

Oceania

American SamoaPresentIntroducedInvasiveSpace and Flynn (2000)
Cook IslandsPresentIntroducedMcCormack (2007)Listed as “potential invader”
FijiPresentIntroducedInvasiveSmith (1991)
French PolynesiaPresentIntroducedInvasiveMeyer and Lavergne (2004)
NauruPresentIntroducedThaman et al. (1994)Cultivated
New CaledoniaPresentIntroducedInvasiveMeyer and Lavergne (2004)
PalauPresentIntroducedLorence and Flynn (2010)
SamoaPresentIntroducedInvasiveCABI (Undated)Original citation: Space and Flynn (2002)
Solomon IslandsPresentIntroducedHancock and Henderson (1988)
TongaPresentIntroducedPIER (2014)

South America

ChilePresentCABI (Undated a)Present based on regional distribution.
-Easter IslandPresentIntroducedInvasiveMeyer (2008)
ColombiaPresentNativeUSDA-ARS (2014)
EcuadorPresentNativeUSDA-ARS (2014)
-Galapagos IslandsPresentIntroducedCharles Darwin Foundation (2008)

History of Introduction and Spread

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S. speciosa was first introduced to La Réunion from Ecuador in 1866 (Lavergne, 1982), and was reported as “subspontaneous” in the 1940s (Bosser and Heine, 2000). In Fiji this species was introduced in 1886 (Smith, 1991). In Hawaii, S. speciosa was reported as naturalized and becoming invasive in 2010 (Parker and Parsons, 2011). In the Caribbean, it is listed as “casual” and was first collected in 1906 in Cuba, in 1924 in Haiti, and in 1945 in Grenada (US National Herbarium).

Risk of Introduction

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The risk of introduction of S. speciosa is high. It has been widely commercialized and cultivated as an ornamental and as a hedge, screen or border plant in tropical and subtropical regions of the world. The ability of this species to tolerate shaded conditions and spread vegetatively means that it has the potential to spread much further than it has to date (Meyer and Lavergne, 2004).

Habitat

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S. speciosa grows best in moist environments. It is present in the understory of native and secondary wet forests, along streams and riverbanks, and in forest edges and disturbed secondary forests at lower elevations (Adams, 1972; Smith, 1991; Meyer and Lavergne, 2004; Parker and Parsons, 2012; PIER, 2014).

Habitat List

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CategorySub-CategoryHabitatPresenceStatus
Terrestrial
 
Terrestrial – ManagedDisturbed areas Present, no further details Harmful (pest or invasive)
Disturbed areas Present, no further details Natural
Disturbed areas Present, no further details Productive/non-natural
Urban / peri-urban areas Present, no further details Harmful (pest or invasive)
Urban / peri-urban areas Present, no further details Natural
Urban / peri-urban areas Present, no further details Productive/non-natural
Terrestrial ‑ Natural / Semi-naturalNatural forests Present, no further details Harmful (pest or invasive)
Natural forests Present, no further details Natural
Riverbanks Present, no further details Harmful (pest or invasive)
Riverbanks Present, no further details Natural

Biology and Ecology

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Genetics

The chromosome number reported for the genus Sanchezia is n = 68 (Kaur, 1970). 

Reproductive Biology

S. speciosa blooms almost throughout most of the year and its flowers are visited by birds, principally hummingbirds (Tripp et al., 2013). 

Environmental Requirements

S. speciosa is most commonly found in wet habitats from sea level to about 200 m with warm temperature and high water availability (Smith, 1991). It can grow in both open sunny areas and shaded areas in the understory of native and disturbed forests. It is also tolerant to saline conditions (Black, 2003).

Climate

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ClimateStatusDescriptionRemark
Af - Tropical rainforest climate Preferred > 60mm precipitation per month
Am - Tropical monsoon climate Preferred Tropical monsoon climate ( < 60mm precipitation driest month but > (100 - [total annual precipitation(mm}/25]))
As - Tropical savanna climate with dry summer Tolerated < 60mm precipitation driest month (in summer) and < (100 - [total annual precipitation{mm}/25])
Aw - Tropical wet and dry savanna climate Preferred < 60mm precipitation driest month (in winter) and < (100 - [total annual precipitation{mm}/25])

Air Temperature

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Parameter Lower limit Upper limit
Mean annual temperature (ºC) 15 35

Rainfall

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ParameterLower limitUpper limitDescription
Mean annual rainfall8003000mm; lower/upper limits

Rainfall Regime

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Uniform

Soil Tolerances

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Soil reaction

  • neutral

Soil texture

  • light
  • medium

Means of Movement and Dispersal

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S. speciosa rarely produces fruits and seeds in cultivation. It spreads vegetatively by stem fragments and cuttings (Meyer and Lavergne, 2004).

Pathway Causes

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CauseNotesLong DistanceLocalReferences
Botanical gardens and zoosCultivated as an ornamental Yes Yes Meyer and Lavergne, 2004
Escape from confinement or garden escapeNaturalized outside cultivation Yes Yes Meyer and Lavergne, 2004
Hedges and windbreaksCultivated as a hedge, screen and border plant Yes Yes Meyer and Lavergne, 2004
Nursery tradeWidely commercialized Yes Yes Paydar et al., 2013

Pathway Vectors

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VectorNotesLong DistanceLocalReferences
Debris and waste associated with human activitiesPlant fragments and cuttings Yes Yes Smith, 1991

Impact Summary

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CategoryImpact
Economic/livelihood Positive and negative
Environment (generally) Positive and negative

Environmental Impact

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S. speciosa is an invasive species that can grow forming dense thickets in the understory of native and secondary low elevation wet forests. Consequently, it is outcompeting native plant species within these forests. In Jamaica, it is invasive in areas near streams and riparian vegetation. This invasive species is impacting principally insular environments across the wet tropics (Meyer and Lavergne, 2004).

Risk and Impact Factors

Top of page Invasiveness
  • Proved invasive outside its native range
  • Tolerates, or benefits from, cultivation, browsing pressure, mutilation, fire etc
  • Tolerant of shade
  • Benefits from human association (i.e. it is a human commensal)
  • Long lived
  • Fast growing
  • Reproduces asexually
Impact outcomes
  • Ecosystem change/ habitat alteration
  • Monoculture formation
  • Reduced native biodiversity
Impact mechanisms
  • Competition - monopolizing resources
  • Rapid growth
  • Rooting
Likelihood of entry/control
  • Highly likely to be transported internationally deliberately

Uses

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S. speciosa is economically important in the horticultural and nursery trade. It is widely commercialized as an ornamental and it is also planted as street shrub, living fence, hedge and border plant (Meyer and Lavergne, 2004; Tripp et al., 2013). Extracts from leaves and stems have been analysed as potential sources of natural anti-oxidants (Paydar et al., 2013).

Uses List

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Environmental

  • Amenity
  • Boundary, barrier or support

General

  • Botanical garden/zoo

Ornamental

  • Propagation material

References

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Acevedo-Rodríguez P; Strong MT, 2012. Catalogue of the Seed Plants of the West Indies. Smithsonian Contributions to Botany, 98:1192 pp. Washington DC, USA: Smithsonian Institution. http://botany.si.edu/Antilles/WestIndies/catalog.htm

Adams C, 1972. Flowering plants of Jamaica. Mona, Jamaica: University of the West Indies.

Black RJ, 2003. Salt tolerant plants for Florida. Florida, USA: University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences.

Bosser J; Heine H, 2000. Flore des Mascareignes, La Réunion, Maurice, Rodrigues, 135. Convolvulacées à Acanthacées ([English title not available]). La Réunion, Mauritius: The Sugar Industry Research Institute.

Charles Darwin Foundation, 2008. Database inventory of introduced plant species in the rural and urban zones of Galapagos. Galapagos, Ecuador: Charles Darwin Foundation.

Chong K; Hugh TW; Corlett RT, 2009. A checklist of the total vascular plant flora of Singapore: native, naturalised and cultivated species., Singapore: Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, National University of Singapore, 273 pp.

Flora of India, 2014. Flowers of India, Online resources. http://www.flowersofindia.net/

Hancock IR; Henderson CP, 1988. Flora of the Solomon Islands. Research Bulletin No. 7. Honiara, Solomon Islands: Dodo Creek Research Station.

Kaur J, 1970. Chromosome numbers in Acanthaceae. Science and Culture, 36:103-106.

Lavergne R, 1982. [English title not available]. (Neufs Fleurs d'Acanthe.) In: Fleurs de Bourbon, Tome 5. Saint-Denis, Réunion: Imprimerie Cazal, 29-42.

Lorence DH; Flynn T, 2010. Checklist of the plants of Palau. Unpublished checklist. Lawai, Hawaii, USA: National Tropical Botanical Garden, 44 pp.

McCormack G, 2013. Cook Islands Biodiversity Database, Version 2007. Cook Islands Biodiversity Database. Rarotonga, Cook Islands: Cook Islands Natural Heritage Trust. http://cookislands.bishopmuseum.org/search.asp

Meyer JY, 2008. Report of the expert mission to Rapa Nui, 2-11 June 2008. Strategic action plan to control invasive alien plants on Rapa Nui (Easter Island) (Rapport de mission d'expertise a Rapa Nui du 02 au 11 Juin 2008: Plan d'action strategique pour lutter contre les plantes introduites envahissantes sur Rapa Nui (Île de pâques)). Papeete, Tahiti: Délégation à la Recherche, Ministère de l'Education, l'Enseignement supérieur et la Recherche, 62 pp. http://www.li-an.fr/jyves/Meyer_2008_Rapport_Expertise_Rapa_Nui.pdf

Meyer JY; Lavergne C, 2004. Beautés fatales: Acanthaceae species as invasive alien plants on tropical Indo-Pacific islands. Diversity and Distributions, 10(5/6):333-347.

Parker JL; Parsons B, 2012. New Plant Records from the Big Island for 2010-2011. Bishop Museum Occasional Papers, 113:65-74.

Paydar M; Wong YL; Moharam BA; Wong WF; Looi CY, 2013. In vitro Anti-oxidant and Anti-cancer Activity of Methanolic Extract from Sanchezia speciosa Leaves. Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences, 16:1112-115.

PIER, 2014. Pacific Islands Ecosystems at Risk. Honolulu, USA: HEAR, University of Hawaii. http://www.hear.org/pier/index.html

Randall RP, 2012. A Global Compendium of Weeds. Perth, Australia: Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia, 1124 pp. http://www.cabi.org/isc/FullTextPDF/2013/20133109119.pdf

Scotland RW; Vollesen K, 2000. Classification of Acanthaceae. Kew Bulletin, 55:513-589.

Sedas Ade; Hernández F; Carranza R; Correa M, 2009. Guía de arboles y arbustos del Campus Central de la Universidad de Panamá Dr. Octavio Méndez Pereira ([English title not available])., Panama: Litografía e Imprenta LIL.

Smith AC, 1991. Flora Vitiensis nova: A new flora of Fiji. Lawai, Kauai, Hawai`i. National Tropical Botanical Garden, Volume 5, 626 pp.

Space JC; Flynn T, 2000. Observations on invasive plant species in American Samoa. Honolulu, USA: USDA Forest Service, 51 pp.

Space JC; Flynn T, 2002a. Report to the Government of Samoa on invasive plant species of environmental concern. Honolulu, USA: USDA Forest Service, 83 pp.

Stevens PF, 2012. Angiosperm Phylogeny Website. http://www.mobot.org/MOBOT/research/APweb/

Thaman RR; Fosberg FR; Manner HI; Hassall DC, 1994. The flora of Nauru. Atoll Research Bulletin, 392:1-223.

Tripp EA; Daniel TF; Fatimah S; McDade LA, 2013. Phylogenetic relationships within Ruellieae (Acanthaceae) and a revised classification. International Journal of Plant Sciences, 174(1):97-137. http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/668248

USDA-ARS, 2014. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Online Database. Beltsville, Maryland, USA: National Germplasm Resources Laboratory. https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxon/taxonomysearch.aspx

Whistler WA, 2000. Tropical ornamentals. Portland, Oregon, USA: Timber Press.

Distribution References

Acevedo-Rodríguez P, Strong M T, 2012. Catalogue of the Seed Plants of the West Indies. Washington, DC, USA: Smithsonian Institution. 1192 pp. http://botany.si.edu/Antilles/WestIndies/catalog.htm

Adams C D, 1972. Flowering plants of Jamaica. Mona, Jamaica: University of the West Indies. 848 pp.

Black RJ, 2003. (Salt tolerant plants for Florida)., Florida, USA: University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences.

CABI, Undated. Compendium record. Wallingford, UK: CABI

CABI, Undated a. CABI Compendium: Status inferred from regional distribution. Wallingford, UK: CABI

Charles Darwin Foundation, 2008. Database inventory of introduced plant species in the rural and urban zones of Galapagos., Galapagos, Ecuador: Charles Darwin Foundation.

Chong K, Hugh TW, Corlett RT, 2009. A checklist of the total vascular plant flora of Singapore: native, naturalised and cultivated species., Singapore, Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, National University of Singapore. 273 pp.

Flora of India, 2014. Flowers of India, Online resources., http://www.flowersofindia.net/

Hancock I R, Henderson C P, 1988. Flora of the Solomon Islands. In: Research Bulletin - Dodo Creek Research Station, Honiara, Solomon Islands: ii + 203 pp.

Lorence DH, Flynn T, 2010. Checklist of the plants of Palau. Unpublished checklist., Lawai, Hawaii, National Tropical Botanical Garden. 44 pp.

McCormack G, 2007. Cook Islands Biodiversity Database, Version 2007.2. In: Cook Islands Biodiversity Database, Version 2007.2, Rarotonga: Cook Islands Natural Heritage Trust. http://cookislands.bishopmuseum.org

Meyer J Y, Lavergne C, 2004. Beautés fatales: Acanthaceae species as invasive alien plants on tropical Indo-Pacific islands. Diversity and Distributions. 10 (5/6), 333-347. DOI:10.1111/j.1366-9516.2004.00094.x

Meyer JY, 2008. Report of the expert mission to Rapa Nui, 2-11 June 2008. Strategic action plan to control invasive alien plants on Rapa Nui (Easter Island). ((Rapport de mission d'expertise a Rapa Nui du 02 au 11 Juin 2008: Plan d'action strategique pour lutter contre les plantes introduites envahissantes sur Rapa Nui (Île de pâques)))., Papeete, Tahiti, Délégation à la Recherche, Ministère de l'Education, l'Enseignement supérieur et la Recherche. 62 pp. http://www.li-an.fr/jyves/Meyer_2008_Rapport_Expertise_Rapa_Nui.pdf

Mohammadjavad Paydar, Wong YiLi, Bushra Abdulkarim Moharam, Wong WonFen, Looi ChungYeng, 2013. In vitro anti-oxidant and anti-cancer activity of methanolic extract from Sanchezia speciosa leaves. Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences. 16 (20), 1212-1215. http://scialert.net/fulltext/?doi=pjbs.2013.1212.1215&org=11 DOI:10.3923/pjbs.2013.1212.1215

Parker JL, Parsons B, 2012. New plant records from the Big Island for 2010-2011. In: Bishop Museum Occasional Papers, 113 65-74.

PIER, 2014. Pacific Islands Ecosystems at Risk., Honolulu, USA: HEAR, University of Hawaii. http://www.hear.org/pier/index.html

Sedas Ade, Hernández F, Carranza R, Correa M, 2009. ([English title not available]). (Guía de arboles y arbustos del Campus Central de la Universidad de Panamá Dr. Octavio Méndez Pereira)., Panama: Litografía e Imprenta LIL.

Smith A C, 1991. Flora vitiensis nova. A new flora of Fiji, Vol. 5. Lawaii, Hawaii, USA: Pacific Tropical Botanical Garden. 626 pp. DOI:https://doi.org/10.5962/bhl.title.44033

Space JC, Flynn T, 2000. Observations on invasive plant species in American Samoa., Honolulu, USA: USDA Forest Service. 51 pp.

Thaman RR, Fosberg FR, Manner HI, Hassall DC, 1994. The flora of Nauru. In: Atoll Research Bulletin, 392 1-223.

USDA-ARS, 2014. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Online Database. Beltsville, Maryland, USA: National Germplasm Resources Laboratory. https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxon/taxonomysimple.aspx

Links to Websites

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WebsiteURLComment
Catalogue of Seed Plants of the West Indieshttp://botany.si.edu/antilles/WestIndies/catalog.htm
GISD/IASPMR: Invasive Alien Species Pathway Management Resource and DAISIE European Invasive Alien Species Gatewayhttps://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.m93f6Data source for updated system data added to species habitat list.

Contributors

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25/3/2014 Original text by:

Julissa Rojas-Sandoval, Department of Botany-Smithsonian NMNH, Washington DC, USA

Pedro Acevedo-Rodríguez, Department of Botany-Smithsonian NMNH, Washington DC, USA

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