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In 1997 a botanical inventory was made in the reserve. In 10 transect lines, 50 meters long and 2 meters wide each, 114 species with a breast diameter above 2.5 centimeter were found. This equals 114 species per 1000 square meter. The most common species were Wettinia maynensis (called kuunt in Shuar) and Iriartea deltoidea (called ampakai in Shuar).


There are several hundred tree and palm species, many of which are valuable timbers such as mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla), Spanish cedar (Cedrela odorata) and huge specimens of a local wood called María. Many of the palms are also used for food, crafts or construction.

The most diverse family is the orchids. From the large Amazonian orchid next to the road to the tiny ones growing on logs and stems and the huge variety in the canopy, the can amaze most visitors with the colors and varieties. After heavy rains it is particularly good to look for orchids as many branches brake of from the canopy. The branches are always overgrown with orchids, bromeliads and ferns.

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