This site is a convenient database of the flora of the Sexi District of Peru.
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Photographic Guide to the Plants of the Petrified Forest Piedra Chamana

The small town of Sexi, in the northern Andes of Peru, is the location of a fossil forest that dates to the Middle Eocene (~ 39 million years ago). As part of our study of the fossil forest, we made a survey of the plants currently growing in the vicinity of the town and fossil site. This vegetation is a dense evergreen sclerophyllous shrubland/forest with an epiphytic component. Among the important plant species is Dodonea viscosa (chamana), a locally abundant evergreen shrub which gives its name to the fossil forest - El Bosque Petrificado Piedra Chamana. intro1.jpg

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