Common Name: Tangare
Scientific Name: Carapa megistocarpa
Carapa megistocarpa is a tree which is endemic to Ecuador. It is an important timber tree and is one of several species of Carapa, or 'crabwood' trees found throughout South America and Africa.
Why is this species important?
Tangare is found only in Ecuador and is an important part of the coastal rainforest ecosystem. It is also an important timber tree.
Where is it found?
The tree is found in humid coastal forest, to lower montane coastal forest in coastal Ecuador, where it is known from seven provinces (Carchi, Esmeraldas, Guayas, Manabí, El Oro, Pichincha and Los Ríos). One subpopulation was found near the famous Cerro El Centinela, 10 km east of Patricia Pilar, and is likely to be locally extinct
How do people use it?
The tree produces good timber which is in demand both locally and outside of Ecuador.
Why is it threatened?
Selective logging of the tree for its timber, coupled with high rates of habitat loss in the area over the last 50 years have left this tree Endangered.
What conservation action is needed?
Tackling illegal logging and habitat destruction are the main ways in which the loss of this species can be prevented. The species is already found in a number of reserves and protected areas, including the Awacachi Biological Corridor, where the Global Trees Campaign is currently working to reforest degraded areas and replant Carap megistocarpa and several other native specie. Please visit the Awacachi project page to read more about this work.
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