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Burke, A. 2013. Succulent plants on arid inselbergs. Flora - Morphology, Distribution, Functional Ecology of Plants, 208(5–6): 321–329


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Succulent plants on arid inselbergs.

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Succulent plants in arid areas are believed to be often associated with high altitudes, except where they form the dominant, zonal vegetation such as in the Succulent Karoo Biome of southern Africa. To test this hypothesis the contribution of perennial succulents to inselberg floras was investigated on twenty-two isolated mountains (inselbergs) at four study sites (Etendeka–Barab: 19°34′ S/13°42′ E; Spitzkoppe: 21°49′ S/15°09′ E; Namibrand: 25°17′ S/15°47′ E; and Sperrgebiet: 27°43′ S/16°04′ E) along a nearly 1000 km bioclimatic gradient in the Namib Desert and adjacent areas, from the Succulent Karoo in the south to the northern Namib, and along altitude gradients. Keywords: Altitude gradient, Biogeography, Mountains, Namib Desert, Species pool, Succulent Karoo.

Year: 2013

Type: Journal Article

URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0367253013000583


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