Re-finding and conservation status of the threatened fern Maxonia apiifolia in southern Havana wetland, Cuba.

Translated title of the contribution: Re-localización y estado de conservación del helecho amenazado Maxonia apiifolia (Dryopteridaceae) en el humedal sur de La Habana, Cuba

Diana Rodríguez Cala, Ramona Oviedo Prieto , Julio César Álvarez Montes de Oca, Bertha Lidia Toscano

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Abstract

The re-finding and conservation status of the endangered fern Maxonia apiifolia in Southern Havana are reported. We estimated the extent of occurrence of M. apiifolia by GPS marking. We registered the number of mature individuals, their reproductive status and phorophyte species. Maxonia apiifoliawas found in two swamp forest fragments located in La Luisa, Melena del Sur (Mayabeque), named Embarcadero and Los Patos. Together these areas represent 4.30 km2for the species' extent of occurrence, comprising a single location and a single subpopulation distributed between the two forest fragments. We counted a number of 64 mature individuals (23% with fertile fronds) of M. apiifolia. Roystonea regia, Callophyllum antillanumand Calyptronoma occidentaliswere the most frequent phorophytes. La Luisa constitutes a significant site for M. apiifolia conservation, because it contains one of the biggest subpopulations compared with the ones recently found. Its abundance, high number of mature individuals observed and estimated and its generalist condition in terms of phorophyte preference suggest that this subpopulation has a good conservation status
Translated title of the contributionRe-localización y estado de conservación del helecho amenazado Maxonia apiifolia (Dryopteridaceae) en el humedal sur de La Habana, Cuba
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)227-238
Number of pages12
JournalActa Botánica Cubana
Volume217
Issue number3
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 5 Oct 2018
Externally publishedYes

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Funder

This work was done with the financial support of the project “Manglar Vivo”, sponsored by the United Nations Development Program and the Cuban Government. The authors thank the work team who accompanied them during the field work: Leda Menéndez, José Manuel Guzmán, Yadián de la Rosa, Sonia Vega, Eduardo Furrazola and Yamir Torres from the Institute of Ecology and Systematics, and Yaneli Peña Guerra, Mabel and Valle from the Institute for Agriculture and Forestry Research

Keywords

  • conservation status
  • Cuban ferns
  • endangered species
  • phorophyte species
  • swamp forest

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