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Jürgens, N., Oldeland, J., Hachfeld, B., Erb, E. and Schultz, C. 2013. Ecology and spatial patterns of large-scale vegetation units within the central Namib Desert. Journal of Arid Environments, 93: 59–79


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Ecology and spatial patterns of large-scale vegetation units within the central Namib Desert.

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This article offers a review of published knowledge and a new state-of-the-art analysis regarding the floristic composition, the functional composition and the plant communities found in the central Namib Desert. At the same time, this paper contributes to the understanding of the relationship between the plant species composition of the central Namib Desert and the prevailing environmental gradients, with an emphasis on diversity and ecology in space and time. This article builds on three thematic foci. The first focus (1) lies on the present knowledge of the composition and the characteristics of the flora. A comprehensive floristic database has been compiled based on all available sources. A second focus (2) lies on the characterization and spatial distribution of the vegetation units. Keywords: Classification, Database, Ecotone, Flora, Functional traits, Vegetation mapping.

Year: 2013

Type: Journal Article

URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0140196312002522


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