New lichen species discovered close to Bogotá

A new species of lichen has been described in Páramo vegetation close to the Colombian capital Bogotá. The fact that new species are still being discovered close to a city of approximately eight million people highlights the need for taxonomic studies in countries such as Colombia. The new species was described by Bibiana Moncada of Universidad Distrital. Bibiana was recently at RBGE for a six month research visit to examine specimens held in our herbarium. See the link below for further information.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2013/apr/28/lobariella-sipmanii-new-to-nature

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