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Mexico, Central America and the West Indies

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It is very diverse geographically, with a subcontinent (Mexico), an isthmus (Central America) and large and small islands in a tropical sea (the Caribbean) and in this chapter, the authors treat these three parts of the region separately. It focuses on the taxonomic diversity of Conifers in the region covering Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama on the North American mainland and Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas and the Lesser Antilles as islands in the Caribbean Sea. A substantial number of species in Pinus have their main distribution N of the Mexico/USA border and extend into Mexico; these are mapped and discussed in the chapter North America. The chapter discusses the distribution patterns of various genus and its species, namely Pinus, Juniperus, Podocarpus, Abies, Cupressus, and Picea.

Keywords:Central America; Conifers; Juniperus; Mexico; Pinus; West Indies



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