Objectives for Project

  • Trade seeds in order to increase the biodiversity of each Dry Tropical forest species as listed below
  • Increase partnership between ecologist in Ecuador
  • Create a comprehensive reference manual in English and Spanish
  • Create a website to increase awareness and trading seeds


For each Dry Tropical Forest species know the following:

  • How to store seeds
  • What time of year seeds fall, when to collect the seeds, and when to plant the seeds?
  • How does the species fit into the ecology of the ecosystem; what species depend on it, what benefits does it have to the ecosystem?
  • What type of root system does it have?
  • What is its growth rate?
  • What soil does it prefer?
  • Is it shade or light tolerant?
  • Terrain preference
  • Life cycle; when it seeds, male, female, or hermaphroditic
  • Type of Species; Latin and common names, category of species
  • Rate of succession 
  • Range 

Dry Tropical Species

  • Algarrobos
  • Amarillo, Centrolobium paraense
  • Balsa,
  • Balsamo, Myroxylon balsamum
  • Colarado
  • Caoba, Swietenia macrophylla
  • Caoba del Carmen, Platymiscium pinnatum
  • Cascol
  • Cedro, Cedrela oderata
  • Chirimolla
  • Ebano
  • Fernan Sanchez, Triplaris guayaquilensis
  • Flor-del-Niño
  • Frutillo
  • Guachapeli, Albizia guachapele
  • Guasmo
  • Guayacan, Tabebuia chrysantha
  • Hobo
  • Jabon Cillo
  • Laurel, Cordia alliadora
  • Madera Negra, Tahebuia ecuadorensis
  • Moral Fino, Chlorophora tinctoria
  • Moyuyo
  • Pechiche
  • Zapote De Perro

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