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Symposium:  Study and conservation of the Latin American tropical dry forest 24th - 25th November 2021
New video explaining the DRYFLOR protocol   24th June 2021
typical dry forest trees
DRYFLOR is a network of researchers and conservationists aiming to improve the understanding of the flora and to promote the conservation of the endangered seasonally dry tropical forests (SDTF) of Latin America.

Seasonally Dry Tropical Forest, here called “dry forest”, is world’s most threatened tropical forest due to its frequently fertile soils being suitable for agriculture. Because the area of dry forest stands and their overall species diversity are smaller than neighbouring biomes such as rain forests, their conservation has often been neglected. As an example, few areas of dry forest in interandean valleys in Colombia and Peru have any protection, which reflects lack of appreciation of their international importance, illustrated by their high numbers of unique (endemic) species that grow nowhere else.

We want Seasonally Dry Tropical Forests to be better known and conserved in Latin America. We have developed the first comprehensive dataset of the flora of neotropical dry forests across their full range. Subsequent biogeographic analyses have pinpointed areas of high diversity and endemism that are an essential basis to coherent international and national conservation strategies.

The network aims to improve communication and collaboration between research organizations studying dry forest and governmental and non-governmental organizations responsible for the protection and management of these endangered forests. Since 2012, the network includes partners from Latin American and Caribbean institutions, coordinated from Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and was funded by the Leverhulme Trust in the first phase. Now with the CYTED Program support, DRYFLOR has the goal to develop the database to store species abundance.

Please cite our website:

 DRYFLOR (2012–) Latin American Seasonally Dry Tropical Forest Floristic Network website. Available at Accessed on "current date".