Ecuador has one of the world’s highest rates of deforestation and is among the most threatened pristine forest ecosystems on the planet. We want to save the last unprotected old-growth trees in Ecuador, the country which ranks third in the number of amphibian species, fourth in birds, fourth in reptiles, fifth in monkeys, and sixth in the number of mammal species. At least 10 000 species go extinct every year. This loss is between 1,000 and 10,000 times higher than the natural extinction rate.
Trees of Amazon
There are more than 160000 tree species in the Amazon, and new species are still being discovered (some simply disappear before they are discovered). The researchers also estimate that from 11000 to 16000 of these species is very rare. (Total number of individual trees in the Amazon is estimated to be 400 billion). By buying the land in Ecuador we can reduce the alarming extinction rate.
Meet the 10 most known trees of Amazon:
Croton Lechleri (Sangre de drago)
Very tall tree (65-100ft) growing at higher altituds. His resin becomes famous Sangre de Dago, which serves as a natural disinfection and treatment of wounds.
It is the most common tree in this region, yet represents a mere 1% of all trees in the Amazon. Berries of this tree are famous as a dietary supplement called Acai.
Economically, this is the most important member of the genus Hevea because of the milky latex which is extracted from the tree. The latex is the primary source of a natural rubber.
Socratea Exorrhiza (The Walking Palm)
This tree is known as ‘Walking palm’ thanks to her ability 'walk' by sending out its new roots and pulling out (through desiccation) the old roots on the other side.
Oenocarpus Bataua (Ungurahui)
A palm tree whose oil is used for a treatment of many diseases. A beetle larvae called Rhynchophorus lives inside of this tree and is known delicacy of locals.
Iriartea Deltoidea (Huacrapona)
A common tree, whose fruits are highly sought by bats and toucans. Wood is used as a building material for local residents.
Astrocaryum Murumuru (Huicungo)
The seeds of this tree are source of healing and moisturizing cream called Murumuru. The husk is used for jewelry or decoration and hammocks are made from the tree’s fibres.
Attalea Butyracea (Palla)
Leafs of this palm are used a great building material, especially as a roof cover. The leaf can last up to 10 years, depending on the weather and skill of the thatchers.
Ecuadorian ivory palm is the main source of Ecuadorean vegetable ivory or tagua, a botanical alternative to ivory. Represents one of the most ancient branches in the palm family.
Ayahuasca (Banisteriopsis Caapi)
Considered as the mother of all plants. Her healing power enables people to find the cause of mental and physical problems and is a guide to other worlds.