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40 Platycerium andinum Peru, Quinilla and Manchinga


Platycerium andinum in Quinilla tree


The habitat of the "concession Ojos de Agua" is what is known as tropical dry forest of the Huallaga,

a dry forest very different from what had occasion to see in the river Utcubamba. This one here is

really more lush and no presence of acacia, prickly pear cacti and saw that one. However, the water

streams are not only in the rainy season, the rest of the year in the whole area there are only a small

bucket with water in a ravine. Are little more than puddles, but the fact remain throughout the dry

season has encouraged the villagers to call the area the name given, Ojos de Agua. One of the main

attractions of this forest is the presence around him a large fern that grows on the upper parts of

trees. This is the andinum Platycerium, also known as the crown of angels that can reach nearly five

feet in diameter.

Platyceriun andinum, from the under side

-GREAT photo,  RV-


Andinum Platycerium is the only species of this genus in the Americas. It is found in few places. On the other

hand it seems that the "giants" persecuted anyone traveling to Peru. First was the Gocta waterfall, then

the huge kapok jungle and floating leaves of Victoria amazonica plant, and now they say this Platycerium, this

epiphytic fern, is the most largest in the Americas. The habitat this giant fern is threatened by deforestation,

which has added one more reason for local people to conserve the Eyes of Water Forest.


A few years ago, upon learning of this conservation initiative, Roy Vail from the U.S., an expert on the genus Platycerium,

retired biology teacher from Arkansas, over 70 years old, was amazed by the momentum of these people to preserve

their habitat.


Since this retired came teacher to show them the importance of this forest for Platycerium andinum, the locals have

taken it as a sign of identity. (note: Roy Vail has promoted calling Platycerium andinum the "Crown of the Angles"

The town of Pucacaca now calls itself the "City of the Crown of the Angeles")


As I saw in the people (?) of Pomacochas tail hummingbird with spatula

(Marvelous mirabilis), this identification with the flagship species is carried to the end. There I noticed a photo of

the visitor center of a parade with people dressed pairs of hummingbirds in an ingenious way. We were here not

least, the people of Pucacaca were submitted to a competition mises of the region with its representative wearing

a dress in imitation of a Platycerium andinum ...Brutal!. Yves Saint Laurance That will pale before the creativity of

these people. But apart from such disclosure popular with the financial support given after visiting Val Roy began

to build spaces for public use.

-Quinilla tree-

Some of those spaces were for the work of the association and assembly in the town, but one in which they were

now was a log cabin to accommodate future visitors and researchers in the forest. That was the site that invited

me to spend a few days to make some change in inventories of wildlife that serve to give value to the forest in the

face to visitors. Before he had finished building the cabin but could stay there for a visit the area. Themselves have

been responsible for building it is that everything here is very active and these people is true for every field.

Weaving alliances, that the authorities were able to give in a game of wood they had seized. So they prepared a

building with good materials and without cutting down any of the surrounding area. Where you have built is a good

characteristic of this type of dry forest with over a Platycerium own and surrounded by huge trees

quinilla (Manilkara bidentata) and Manching (Brosimum alicastrum). The first of these trees is a very interesting timber

for export and the first that drew in illegal logging.


If it had not kept the area, they said, might well have seen those Quinilla in my own country but for parquet flooring

and are highly prized in Europe and America. The other typical tree, the Manching is also present in tropical dry forests

in other parts of the world and produces a fruit of high protein value. They say higher even than corn, potatoes or beans

and that was consumed as food by man, but which today most are unaware of their possibilities. The days that I was

over there was an immense production of those fruits in the vicinity of the cabin were busy collecting.

A North American biologist, Erika Vohman, had been a while before teaching them the uses and properties of the flour

of these fruits. One way to value the preservation of these forests to local people.


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