Santa Marta páramo

WWF Abstract

On top of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Maria mountain range in Northern Colombia, between 10,800 and 14,800 feet (3292 and 4511 m), the humid Santa Marta Páramo ecoregion covers the mountaintops. Páramo is a Spanish word meaning high mountain plateau, and in these regions, high altitude bunchgrass fields and thicket habitats are dotted with bog and marsh communities. Grasses dominate the region, blowing in the mountain breezes like ribbons of green and gold. Cushion plants carpet the soil and unusual rosette plants stand out above the grasses, framed with short bamboo, sedges, and the red and orange spikes of bromeliads. Terrestrial orchids bloom in splotches of magenta, tangerine, and violet against a bright green canvas of ferns.
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Ecozone:Neotropic
Biome:Montane Grasslands and Shrublands
Countries:Colombia
Area:319,999 acres (129,499 hectares)
Species:All  Endangered  Invasive
Climate:View Climate Data
Land Use:View Land Use Data

Protected Areas

Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta (incl. Tayrona NP) National Park
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER