Revista Facultad Nacional de Agronomía, Medellín
versão impressa ISSN 0304-2847
SIERRA ESCOBAR, Jorge Alberto et al. NATIVE PLANTS WITH ORNAMENTAL POTENTIAL IN THE LOW MONTANE FORESTS OF EASTERN ANTIOQUIA, COLOMBIA. Rev.Fac.Nal.Agr.Medellín [online]. 2005, vol.58, n.1, pp. 2651-2663. ISSN 0304-2847.
This study was conducted in five towns in the high plains of eastern Antioquia (La Ceja, El Retiro, Guarne, Rionegro, and Carmen de Viboral, as well as the Pantanillo neighborhood of the Envigado municipality and the Santa Elena township of Medellin), which are located in the northern limit of the central mountain range of the Andes (Colombia). The study consisted of selecting within forested areas species of herbs and shrubs with attractive leaves, flowers or fruits that might have high ornamental potential for their beauty. To this end, were selected 26 species for which seeds, cuttings, and stakes were collected to begin determining protocols for sexual and vegetative propagation, eventually determining the ecological requirements, protocols, and potentials for 11 species of plants and shrubs, such as: Besleria sp., Cleome speciosa, Columnea sp., Gaultheria erecta, among others, which presented desirable ornamental characteristic that hopefully will be exploited.
Palavras-chave : Bioprospecting; ornamental plants; plant diversity; propagation; Antioquia.