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Contributor: Berry, Paul
This photo essay is the web depiction of a special poster included in the Missouri Botanical Garden 2002 Calendar.
Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana is the first full scientific account of the fabled “lost world” region made famous by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Paul Berry, Kay Yatskievych, and Bruce Holst are co-editors of the nine-volume publication, which has been based at MBG since 1984. It includes descriptions, taxonomic keys, and over 5000 illustrations of the nearly 10,000 species of vascular plants from the southern three states of Venezuela – Amazonas, Bolívar, and Delta Amacuro. The Guayana, or Guiana, Shield is a geologically ancient area studded with table mountains called tepuis. The tepuis are surrounded by large expanses of forest, as well as by savannas, shrublands, and rock outcrops. It is a region of extraordinarily high endemism, with many plants found nowhere else on earth.
Visit the Flora of Venezuelan Guayana website.
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