Flora and fauna of Chimborazo, unique species

flora fauna chimborazo

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In this post we analyze the flora and fauna of Chimborazo, the highest extinct volcano in Ecuador. Its privileged location and the climatological situation of the area have made of this area an enviable natural spot.

Next we analyze some of the species that live in this unique area. Chimborazo being an extinct volcano is also suitable for visit, so you can ascend Chimborazo if you visit Ecuador.

Flora

Bromeliads

These plants stand out for their appearance as small shrubs or terrestrial herbs. Although the bromeliad family is home to several species the most prominent is the common pineapple. This fruit grows perfectly in warm areas of the Americas.

pineapple grown in chimborazo

Valerianas

Don’t you get sleepy just reading its name? 😴 This common sleeping pill is grown mainly in Europe and Latin America. Its name originates from the Latin, from the word “valere”, which describes those who were strong and healthy. In medicine, it was directly associated with the treatment of hysteria.

Geraniaceae

This family of herbs has about 700 different species distributed throughout countries with temperate and tropical climates. It is common to find them in some parts of Africa, in the Mediterranean area and in America. The best known is the common geranium, which you may even have on your terrace.

geranium

Fauna

Camelids

To this family belongs both the llama and the alpaca, very common in these areas. The pastures surrounding the Chimborazo are ideal for grazing these animals, in addition, this activity keeps the area clean of invasive plant species.

llamas in the chimborazo

Amazonian rabbit

Watch out, this is not a common rabbit. This rabbit is characteristic for its length of more than 30cm. It is dark brown in color and usually has spots around the neck. It usually appears after dark and does not like to be seen in crowded areas.

Skunk

That’s right, this foul-smelling animal is also common in the area. It feeds on insects, weeds, and small fruits. It can measure up to 50 cm in length and can weigh up to 4kg. Skunks are characterized by being very solitary and nocturnal animals.

baby skunks entering in a cave

Do you already consider yourself a true expert on the flora and fauna of Chimborazo?😉

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