Polylepis forests: saving a biodiversity hotspot of the tropical Andes

Polylepis forest once covered the slopes of the tropical Andes from Venezuela to Argentina, today the distribution of the slow-growing tree is very fragmented. In Bolivia less than 10% of the original forests survive. Scattered and diminishing Polylepis woodlands are important hotspots for biodiversity conservation in the Tropical Andes. Polylepis…

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