Galapagos Species Checklist

Vascular Plants

<em>Darwiniothamnus alternifolius</em>, Isabela Island.

Darwiniothamnus alternifolius, Isabela Island.

The Vascular Plants constitute the largest group of land plants. They have conducting vessels for transport of water and minerals (xylem) and for products of photosynthesis (phloem).
Photosynthesis normally takes place in the leaves; these are attached to stems strengthened by lignin.

Vascular Plants have traditionally been divided into three groups: spore-reproducing plants (clubmosses and ferns), plants with naked seeds (conifers and other gymnosperms), and plants with seeds enclosed in a fruit (flowering plants).

Current taxonomy distinguishes four taxonomic divisions: Pteridophyta, Cycadophita, Pinophyta and Magnoliophyta.
These divisions are represented in Galapagos with a total of over 1400 species (endemic, native, and introduced, including cultivated species).

Editors: Patricia Jaramillo Díaz, Anne Guézou.

Other Contributors: Henning Adsersen, Ivan Aldáz, María José Alencastro, Elena Antolín, Joselyn Basantes, Chris Buddenhagen, Baltasar Cabezudo, Susana Chamorro, Pablo Cuenca, Miguel Cueva, Ricardo Escobedo, Luis Espinoza, Diana Gil, César Gómez-Campos †, Jacinto Gordillo, Ana Mireya Guerrero, Ole Hamman, Syuzo Itow, Pablo Izquierdo, Heinke Jäger, Mery Juiña, Ondina Landázuri, Jonas E. Lawesson, Ruth Llumiquinga, Leila López, Simon Lægaard, André Mauchamp, Conley McMullen, Luis Mora, Ximena Palomeque, Duncan M. Porter, Paola Pozo, Eliana Ramírez, Diego Reyes, Juan Carlos Rodríguez, Marco Rodríguez, Victor Rueda, Adam Schneider, Daniel Segura, Alan Stewart, Mónica Tapia, Francisco Tobar, Maria M. Trigo, Alan Tye, Jorge Vera, Adolfo Verdugo, Diego Villagómez, César Vinueza, Daniel Weber, Ira L. Wiggins, Erika Zambrano.


Rapid Identification Guides of Galapagos Vascular Plants

The CDF Rapid Identification Guides permit a quick, but preliminary identification based on photos. They should be used with some caution and cannot replace a more exhaustive guidebook with detailed descriptions and keys.
The guides are shared here for educational purposes. Please respect the copyright of the authors and contact us if you are interested in commercial use of these guides.

Rapid Identification Guide of Galapagos Seeds

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Rapid Identification Guide of Galapagos Pollen Grains

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This list should be cited as follows:

Jaramillo Díaz, P., Guézou, A. (2013). CDF Checklist of Galapagos Vascular Plants - FCD Lista de especies de Plantas Vasculares de Galápagos. In: Bungartz, F., Herrera, H., Jaramillo, P., Tirado, N., Jiménez-Uzcátegui, G., Ruiz, D., Guézou, A. & Ziemmeck, F. (eds.). Charles Darwin Foundation Galapagos Species Checklist - Lista de Especies de Galápagos de la Fundación Charles Darwin. Charles Darwin Foundation / Fundación Charles Darwin, Puerto Ayora, Galapagos: Last updated 03 Jun 2013.