Two of the species bear names impressed by the indigenous tribes that reside in Caquetá, whereas the opposite two species honor Amazonian naturalists.
Latest botanical expeditions in Caquetá division (southeastern Colombia) have uncovered the large richness of plant species on this area. Analysis led by W. Trujillo within the Andean foothills has allowed the disclosing of at the very least 90 species of Piper within the area, highlighting northwestern Amazonia as one of many richest areas for the genus. Right here, 4 new species of Piper new to science are described.
This publication is the results of a collaboration between three establishments and 5 researchers, every contributing their expertise and strengths: predominant writer William Trujillo (Fundación La Palmita), with M. Alejandra Jaramillo (Universidad Militar Nueva Granada), Edwin Trujillo Trujillo, Fausto Ortiz and Diego Toro (Centro de Investigaciones Amazónicas Cesar Augusto Estrada Gonzalez, Universidad de la Amazonia). W. Trujillo, a local of Caquetá, has devoted the final ten years to the research of Piper species in his division. M. A. Jaramillo has been learning the phylogenetics, ecology and evolution of the genus for greater than 20 years. Edwin Trujillo is an area botanist nicely versed within the flora of Caquetá and the Colombian Amazon. Fausto Ortiz and Diego Toro are educated in plant molecular biology strategies and lead this space at Universidad de la Amazonia.
Caquetá is located the place the Andes and the Amazon meet in southern Colombia, within the northwestern Amazon. A number of researchers have highlighted the significance of the northwest Amazon for prime biodiversity and our lack of know-how of the area. Happily, ongoing research led by W. Trujillo and E. Trujillo are unveiling the immense variety of vegetation in Caquetá, displaying the significance of native establishments within the information of Amazonian flora. There are various species within the area but to be described and found. Management from native establishments and collaboration with specialists are important to appreciating the nice relevance of vegetation from Caquetá.
Two of the species on this manuscript (Piper indiwasii and Piper nokaidoyitau) bear names impressed by the indigenous tribes that reside in Caquetá. The identify indiwasii comes from a Quechua phrase that means “home of the solar” and can also be the identify of one of many Nationwide Parks the place the species lives in southern Colombia. In its flip, nokaidoyitau comes from the Murui language and means “tongue of the toucan,” the best way the Murui Indians of the Colombian Amazon name the species of Piper. In truth, native communities depend on these vegetation for medicinal functions, utilizing them in opposition to inflammations or parasites, or to alleviate varied illnesses.
Moreover, the opposite two new species (Piper hoyoscardozii and Piper velae) honor two Amazonian naturalists, the authors’ pricey good friend Fernando Hoyos Cardozo, and Dr. Vela. Fernando, who was a loyal botanist and companion in W. Trujillo’s botanical expeditions. Dr. Vela, a naturalist and conservation fanatic who sponsored Trujillo’s journeys, was killed in 2020. We miss him immensely. His dying is a major loss for the surroundings in Caquetá.
The workforce’s joint effort will proceed to explain new species, discover unexplored areas, and encourage new and seasoned researchers to dive into the magnificent variety of the Colombian Amazon.
Trujillo W, Trujillo ET, Ortiz-Morea FA, Toro DA, Jaramillo MA (2022) New Piper species from the jap slopes of the Andes in northern South America. PhytoKeys 206: 25–48. https://doi.org/10.3897/phytokeys.206.75971