ISSN: 1659-2751

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Vegetation of a Permanent, Tropical, Natural Wetland in the Caribbean Zone of Costa Rica

Abstract

A wetland’s vegetation reflects important characteristics of hydrologic dynamics that participate in water loss processes and flow speed reduction. These variables have been identified as key factors to understand a wetland’s structure and function, so common in Central America. For this reason, “La Reserva” natural wetland’s vegetation located at EARTH University, on the Caribbean slope of Costa Rica, has been characterized and poaceae (73.6 %), araceae (10.3 %), and ferns (7.7 %) were the more abundant plant families in this wetland.

Key words: characterization, hydrology, tropical wetland, vegetation.

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