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ARGENTINA (northwest)

 Northwest Argentina: Provinces of Jujuy, Salta, Tucumán.

 Area: 231,231 square kilometers (Jujuy - 53,219 square kilometers; Salta - 155,488 square kilometers; Tucuman - 22,524 square kilometers).

 Bryophyte Diversity: Mosses unknown, estimated at 200 or more species.

 Endemism: Unknown. Numerous new speciesof mosses  were described by Müller based mainly on the collections of Lorentz; most however will likely prove to be synonyms of more widespread taxa, particularly of the tropical Andean region.

 Floristic Coverage: Moderate, Tucumano-Boliviano montane forests are presently being surveyed by Schiavone and collaborators from LIL. Very few recent collections are known from the dry forests (including the Chaco forest) or puna.

 TROPICOS: 301 bryophytes.

 Infrastructure: Historical collections, particularly those of Lorentz are at NY and S, among other herbaria; collections of Fries at H.

LIL (Herbario, Fundación Miguel Lillo, Tucumán). Contains the greater number of bryophytes for northwest Argentina, duplicates at AR.


Collectors: A. B. Biasuso, R. E. Fries, P. G. Lorentz, M. M. Schiavone.


Floristic and Ecological Moss Literature for Argentina


  • Bartram, E. B. 1964-65[1965]. New and noteworthy mosses from northern Argentina. Rev. Bryol. Lichénol. 33: 323-327.
  • Brotherus, V. F. 1917. Contributions a la flore bryologique de l'Argentine. Ark. Bot. 15: 1-15. [Argentina: 41 species listed, 13 new species, Bolivia: 10 species listed, 1 new species]
  • Buck, W. R. & M. M. Schiavone. 1997. Two new combinations for northwestern Argentine mosses. Boletín de la Sociedad Argentina de Botnica. 32: 259-263.
  • Herzog, T. 1952. Beiträge zur Kenntnis der argentinischen Bryophytenflora. Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 55: 1-27.
  • Huebschmann, A. von. 1986. Bryologische studien in Nordargentinien. Veröff. Geobot. Inst. ETH Stiftung Rübel Zürich 91: 305-317.
  • Matteri, C. M. 2003. Los musgos (Bryophyta) de Argentina. Trop. Bryol. 24: 33-100. [number of species recorded for the northwest provinces - Jujuy: 69, Salta: 149, Tucumán: 182]
  • Müller, C. 1878-1879. Prodromus bryologiae Argentinicae. I. Linnaea 42: 217-486.
  • Müller, C. 1880-1882. Prodromus bryologiae Argentinicae II, seu musci Lorentziani Argentinici. Linnaea 43: 341-486.


Background References Related to the Argentina Flora and Vegetation


  • Brown, A. D. 1995. Fitogeografía y conservación de las selvas de montaña del noroeste de Argentina. Pages 663-672. In: S. P Churchill, H. Balslev, E. Forero & J. L. Luteyn (eds.), Biodiversity and Conservation of Neotropical Montane Forests. New York Botanical Garden, Bronx.
  • Brown, A. D. & H. R. Grau (eds.). 1995. Investigacion, Conservación y Desarrollo en Selvas Subtropicales de Montaña. Horco Molle, Tucumn.
  • Grau, H. R. & A. D. Brown. 1995. Patterns of tree species diversity along latitudinal and altitudinal gradients in the Argentinean subtropical montane forests. Pages 295-300. In: S. P Churchill, H. Balslev, E. Forero & J. L. Luteyn (eds.), Biodiversity and Conservation of Neotropical Montane Forests. New York Botanical Garden, Bronx.


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