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Oreopanax spp.

Oreopanax spp.

About the plant

The three Oreopanax species in the Temperate House are found in the cloud forests of Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras.

  • Vulnerable

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species uses a set of criteria to evaluate the extinction risk of the world’s species. The ongoing mission is to evaluate every plant species in the world.

    IUCN Red List Status:

    Not yet evaluated
    Data deficient
    Least concern
    Near threatened
    Vulnerable
    Endangered
    Critically endangered
    Extinct in the wild
    Extinct
  • Invertebrate food
    Plant is eaten by native and feral animals
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Facts

  • About 150 species in the genus
  • Distinctive leaves
  • Striking fruit clusters, often white berries
  • Important food source for birds

About cloud forests

Cloud forests occur between 1,600 and 2,200 m above sea-level. They are characterised by constant high humidity and relatively cool conditions and as a consequence are very rich in mosses, lichens, orchids and bromeliads.

Clearance for agriculture is leading to the deforestation of Mexican cloud forest.

The cloud forest Oreopanax species in the Temperate House are O. echinops, O. peltatus and O. sanderianus.


Clinging on

Many Oreopanax species start life as epiphytes which means they grow on other species, before maturing into single standing trees. Epiphytes differ from parasites in that epiphytes grow on other plants for physical support and do not necessarily negatively affect the host.

  • Vulnerable

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species uses a set of criteria to evaluate the extinction risk of the world’s species. The ongoing mission is to evaluate every plant species in the world.

    IUCN Red List Status:

    Not yet evaluated
    Data deficient
    Least concern
    Near threatened
    Vulnerable
    Endangered
    Critically endangered
    Extinct in the wild
    Extinct
  • Invertebrate food
    Plant is eaten by native and feral animals
  • Click on icon to reveal more