Regions of Floristic Endemism in Southern Africa - Hardcover
Are you studying the diversity of flowers and plants in South Africa? Get Regions of Floristic Endemism in Southern Africa by bestselling authors Abraham E van Wyk & Gideon F Smith.
Regions of Floristic Endemism in Southern Africa brings together, for the first time in one work, all the relevant information on most of the principal regions and local centres of plant endemism in southern Africa.
Authors: E van Wyk & Gideon F Smith
ISBN (ENG): 978-1-919766-18-9
Extent: 200 pages
Format: 297 x 230 mm – Hard cover, bound in fine cloth with a hardcover and laminated French fold dust cover, more than 250 colour photographs this
About the book:
The extraordinary floristic diversity in southern Africa is not only one of the region's greatest natural assets, but also one of the botanical wonders of the world. Here, south of the Cunene-Zambezi Rivers, more than 10% of all vascular plants (over 30 000 species), including more than 46% of all succulents, are found on about 2.5% of the world's land surface area. Moreover, at least 60% of these species are strictly confined (endemic) to the region.
It is remarkable that most of southern Africa's endemic plants are concentrated in only a few relatively small and well demarcated areas, known as Regions or Centres of Endemism. Although the existence of these Centres has been known to field botanists for a long time, most of them remain comparatively little known outside scientific circles. For this title, Regions of Floristic Endemism in Southern Africa, over many years, authors Abraham E van Wyk & Gideon F Smith have carefully documented the diversity of endemic plants and now for the first time, present the results of their efforts to recognize and define areas that warrant status as Centres of Endemism.
Whereas the classification and mapping of southern Africa's vegetation types have been the subject of numerous publications, the classification and mapping of the distribution patterns of the region's plant species (or flora) have been neglected.
This book brings together, for the first time in one work, all the relevant information on most of the principal regions and local centres of plant endemism in southern Africa.
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