Flora

During the tour of the Circuit of the Huayhuash mountain range, some of these plants can be seen.

The (Ichu) in its different varieties (Stipa brachiphylla, Stipa ostusa, inconspicuous stipa). They are magnificent forages for raising animals.

Other varieties of plants such as lichens, mosses, pad plants (Rigid Plantago) are puna grasslands.

The Totorales (Juncus andicola) of the natural lagoons.

The Quenuales (Polylepis werberaueri, polylepis racemosa). It can be seen near Laguna Jahuacocha.

The Quisuares (Buddleia incana) shrub of puna that grows up to twelve meters high.

Medicinal plants such as the Huamanrripa (Senecio tephsioides), the Huila Huila (Senecio canescens), and the Scorzonera (Homoiantus multifloras).
 

Fauna

On this ecosystem there is a great variety of animals unique to the Andes. Among the most outstanding birds that can be seen in the huayhuash mountain range we have.

  • The Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus)
  • The Andean Ibis (Plegadis rigdway), which nest in the totorales of the lakes.
  • The Huachuas or Andean geese with blanquirojas feathers (Chleophaga melanoptera).
  • Migratory swallows (Hirundo rustica)
  • The partridge (Attagis gayi), live in the ichus and pajoneales of the height.
  • The Zarate cotinga (Zaratornis stresemanni).
  • The duck of the torrents (Merganetta armata).
  • The ash chest torito (Anairetes alpinus).
  • The high Andean blue (Xenodacnis parina).
  • The giant gallareta (Fulica gigantea).
  • The peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus).
  • The hummingbird (Oriotrochilus estella).
  • Among mammals, the following animals stand out.
  • The vizcacha (Lagidium peruanum).
  • The gray taupes with white tail (Odocoileus virginianus).
  • The Andean fox (Dusicyion culpaeus).
  • The wildcat (Oncifelis colocolo).
  • The cougar (Felis concolor).
  • The huehuash or weasel (Mustela freanata).
  • The taruca (Hippocamelus antisensis).
  • The vicuna (Vicugna vicugna).
  • The rainbow trout and the pink trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) of the lagoons and streams.
  • You can also see tall insects, crawling bugs that nest under the stony ground.

The low ecosystems found in Sunni and Quechua are still richer in flora and fauna. In them the plant forests are abundant and cover all spaces. In both ecological floors there is a natural and domestic flora and fauna. Agriculture is abundant and varied, where the peasants of these towns sow.

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