The Canandé reserve was visited by two prestigious botanical: Dr. Bente Klitgaard, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and Dr. Pablo Lozano, a member of the Jocootco Foundation and researcher at the University of Puyo Amazon, who explored the reserve with the aim to conduct a rapid assessment of the conservation status of forests in the area. One of the most important findings after this visit was the discovery of a population, hitherto unknown ecuadendron acosta-solisianum D.A. Neill. This species endemic to the area of Choco and known locally as "Guabo". Its wood is used locally, which has brought the species to its disappearance in other areas of Chocó. This newly discovered population may be one of the last remnants of the species in Ecuador, and may also represent a last chance to ensure the survival of the species. This patch ecuadendron serve as a study site for issues pollination, dispersal mechanisms, and studies germination and regeneration that will enable local environmental authorities to take measures to conserve this iconic species of Ecuador. Currently, Canandé reserve staff is gathering seeds of the species and construction of a nursery with the aim of producing seedlings and plant them in different areas of the reserve.
Pictures by: Efraín Cepeda