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Revista mexicana de biodiversidad

On-line version ISSN 2007-8706Print version ISSN 1870-3453


SANTOS, Bráulio A.; LOMBERA, Rafael  and  BENITEZ-MALVIDO, Julieta. New records of Heliconia (Heliconiaceae) for the region of Chajul, Southern Mexico, and their potential use in biodiversity-friendly cropping systems. Rev. Mex. Biodiv. [online]. 2009, vol.80, n.3, pp.861-865. ISSN 2007-8706.

We report 4 new records of Heliconia species (Heliconiaceae) for the region of Chajul, one of the most studied sites of the Mexican Lacandona. Records are for H. champneiana Griggs cv. Maya Gold, H. latispatha Bentham cv. Orange Gyro, H. vaginalis Bentham, and H. wagneriana Petersen. We provide a brief description of morphological and ecological traits of the species and demonstrate the high potential they have to be cultivated in biodiversity-friendly cropping systems. We suggest the use of Heliconia in the enrichment of secondary forests and forest fragments as an alternative of combining forest management with biological conservation.

Keywords : Heliconia aurantiaca; Heliconia champneiana; Heliconia collinsiana; Heliconia latispatha; Heliconia librata; Heliconia spissa; Heliconia vaginalis; Heliconia wagneriana.

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