The following Participating Institutions are custodians for this species in the CPC National Collection:
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
The conservation of Callicarpa ampla is fully sponsored.
Joie Goodman and Julissa Roncal contributed to this Plant Profile.
Callicarpa ampla is a striking plant with clusters of small fleshy fruits that turn from whitish to deep purple when ripe. It can grow to 15m in height and has small white flowers. (USFWS 1993) (May be dioecious.)
Distribution & Occurrence
- Puerto Rico
This species occurs in a montane forest type called palo colorado. It is an evergreen forest type, described as an upland swamp, found at elevations greater than 600m. These forests are found on somewhat protected intermediate slopes and valleys, though high winds can occur at times. They do not have high plant diversity. Some of the common species in palo colorado forest are Cyrilla racemiflora (common name palo colorado for which the association is named), Calcyogonium squamulosum, and Micropholis garcinifolia. (USFS 1993)
|30 individuals in 6-7 sites|
Conservation, Ecology & Research
Construction of roads and communication facilities
Habitat change in the CNF often occurs more due to natural disturbances (e.g. hurricanes) than by management activities. The Forest has an Emergency Contingency Plan to deal yearly with the hurricane season. In case of a hurricane condition there are guidelines established to protect resources before, during and after a hurricane attack. The most typical damages to vegetation during these events are landslides, and acute mortality due to uprooting, defoliation or breakage of canopy or branches.
(Luis Rivera, pers. comm.)
Rivera, L. Tropical Vegetation Specialist, El Yunque National Forest, U.S. Forest Service, Puerto Rico. 2008. Endangered plant species in the El Yunque National Forest. email to Joie Goodman.