Doyle's Delight Expedition 2007
Expedition to the Belize's Highest Point
Jan Meerman 2007
The principal purpose on this expedition
(apart from gathering floristic, herpetologic and lepidopteristic
data) was to verify the variation within ecosystems.
Technically, the ecosystem at Doyle's Delight
is classified in the Belize
Ecosystems Map as Tropical
Evergreen Broad-Leaved Lower Montane Palm Forest. But
this is quite a variable ecosystem. The most noticeable
aspect of this ecosystem is that many of the plants grow
epiphytically, and the palms Colpothrinax cookii
and Euterpe precatoria dominate the scene and often
extend above the general canopy of the forest. Other typical
plant species are Cyrilla racemiflora, Ilex
guianensis, Clusia spp., Magnolia
sp., Myrcia splendens and Synechantus fibrosus.
As a whole the ecosystem can be subdivided
- Ridge habitat dominated by Colpothrinax cookii
and Euterpe precatoria
- Stream bed habitat with a wider variety of broadleaf
- Slope habitat connecting the two.
Ridge Habitat with Colpothrinax cookii, Euterpe
precatoria and Synechantus fibrosus.
palm Colpothrinax cookii is the principal
racemiflora is a common component of the ridge
habitat and occasional specimens have grown to huge
ridges have near monospecific stands of a Clusia
The valleys between
the ridges are rife with little waterfalls.
are isolated patches with Pinus oocarpa.
To be expanded.
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