ISAGEN reaches 2,000 “Ceibas Barrigonas” Sown

ISAGEN alcanza las 2.000 ceibas barrigona sembradas

ISAGEN, in favor of the conservation of this species and fulfilling its business objectives in a responsible manner, has carried out propagation activities of more than 2,500 seedlings and sowing 2,000 plants of “Ceiba Barrigona” (Cavanillesia chicamochae), and other species of flora and fauna, which are part of the ecosystems of high importance for biodiversity.

In 2003, this endemic species was described in the Chicamocha canyon, with a very wide trunk at the base, grayish bark, thin branches with large leaves, which they form a small, flat cup. Its height ranges between 4 and 6 meters, with flowering in the months of December to January, and fruits from March to April.

Its distribution is limited to an area of about 1,000 km2 of canyons in the middle basin of the Chicamocha river and its tributaries (Guaca, Umpalá and Manco) and its confluence zone with the Sogamoso river, in Santander.

“Barrigona” was very abundant in this Tropical Dry Forest - BsT- (one of the ecosystems most degraded by livestock and agriculture, since it is estimated that there is little more than a million square kilometers left; more than 54% in South America); but goats, introduced since the Colony, affect their regeneration, since they consume the seedlings.

For this reason, ISAGEN began a seed germination process in 2016, within the Sogamoso Plant Terrestrial Habitat Protection Program, for the recovery of this species, and today it shares this achievement to protect the native landscape of the region.