By Samuel Bridgewater
Belize's Chiquibul wooded area is among the greatest final expanses of tropical wet woodland in important the US. It kinds a part of what's popularly often called the Maya woodland. Battered by means of hurricanes over hundreds of thousands of years, occupied via the Maya for hundreds of thousands of years, and logged for centuries, this environment has verified its impressive ecological resilience via its persevered lifestyles into the twenty-first century. regardless of its background of disturbance, or even partly as a result of it, the Maya wooded area is ranked as a huge neighborhood biodiversity scorching spot and gives many of the final nearby habitats for endangered species equivalent to the jaguar, the scarlet macaw, Baird's tapir, and Morelet's crocodile.
A average heritage of Belize offers for the 1st time a close portrait of the habitats, biodiversity, and ecology of the Maya woodland, and Belize extra commonly, in a layout available to a well-liked viewers. it's dependent partly at the learn findings of scientists learning at Las Cuevas learn Station within the Chiquibul woodland. The e-book is exclusive in demystifying a number of the colossal medical debates relating to rainforests. those comprise "Why are tropical forests so diverse?"; "How do natural world evolve?"; and "How do species interact?" by way of concentrating on the ecotourism paradise of Belize, this booklet illustrates how technological know-how has solved a number of the riddles that when confused the likes of Charles Darwin, and likewise indicates the way it may help us in handling our planet and woodland assets properly sooner or later.
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12: 91. 1936. Description. Liana; stems with four phloem arms in cross-section; branchlets subterete to terete, glabrous to puberulous; interpetiolar gland ﬁelds absent; interpetiolar ridge present. Leaves bi- or trifoliolate; terminal leaﬂet sometimes replaced by a tendril; leaﬂets more or less ovate or elliptic, to 20 cm long and 16 cm wide, puberulous above and below at least on principal veins, frequently with glands below scattered near midrib; tip acuminate; base truncate to subcordate; margins entire.
Pistillate ﬂower ﬂattened or shallowly cupshaped... Cyclanthera, p. 49. 19. Pistillate ﬂower tubular-elongate... yRtidostylis, p. 66. 18. Fruit indehiscent or if dehiscent, not explosive 20. Fruit lacking terminal beak, indehiscent, sparsely echinate to tuberculate... Cucumis, not treated. 20. Fruit with terminal beak, operculate at apex, densely echinate... cEhinopepon , p. 54. 16. Ovary not tuberculate, lacking spines; fruit neither tuberculate nor echinate 21. Pedicels subtended by triangular, glanduliferous bract...
Leaves 3–5-foliolate 4. Leaves with numerous patelliform glands on abaxial surface near the base of leaﬂets... C. multifoliolata, p. 52. 4. Leaves lacking glands 5. Staminate inﬂorescence with ﬂowers to base of main axis; androecial head sessile... C. leptostachya, p. 51. 5. Staminate inﬂorescence with ﬂowers only on upper two-thirds (or less) of main axis; androecial head stalked 6. Plant cultivated; fruit indehiscent... C. pedata, p. 52. 6. Plant spontaneous; fruit dehiscent 7. Terminal leaﬂet pinnately lobed or peduncle less than 2 cm long...
A Natural History of Belize: Inside the Maya Forest by Samuel Bridgewater