Contributiones Selectae ad Floram et Vegetationem Orientis

Proceedings of the Third Plant Life of Southwest Asia Symposium, Berlin 1990

Hrsg.: T Engel; W. Frey; H. Kürschner

1991. VIII, 324 Seiten, 14x23cm, 680 g
Language: Deutsch

(Flora et Vegetatio Mundi, Volume IX)

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Southwest Asia is one of the most important regions of the Old World, not only with respect to its Late Quaternary human history and cultural development, but also from a geobotanical, floristic and ethnobotanical point of view. European botanists have travelled in and investigated this area since the end of the 16th century. This exploration of its flora and vegetation is still going on and is far from complete. In order to summarize, analyse and coordinate these recent scientific activities, two symposia entitled "Plant Life of Southwest Asia" were held in Edinburgh in 1970 and 1985. The steering committee chose Berlin as the meeting place in 1990 for the "Third Plant Life of Southwest Asia Symposium". The topics dealt with ranged from systematics and taxonomy, evolution and life-strategies of taxa with a speciation centre in SW Asia, development and structure of natural vegetation, evolution and ecology of cultivated and synanthropic plants, to nature protection, man and the environment. However, as a consequence of the large number of contributors, it was not possible to publish all the papers presented. But we are sure that a wide spectrum of botanical research is covered, and the present state of knowledge of the flora and vegetation of Southwest Asia is well documented.

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The systematics of the annual species of the genus Astragalus L. (Leguminosae), by D. Podlech 1
Seed-coat anatomy as a character for a new classification of Thlaspi, by F.K. Meyer 9
The evolution of rachis thorns in Astragalus and Astracantha (leguminosae) and the systematic applicablity of thorn anatomy, by T. Engel 17
A re-assessment of Bromus tectorum: a computer analysis, synaptospermy and chorispermy, by F. Sales 29
The genus Halothamnus (Chenopodiaceae) in Southwest Asia, by G. Kothe-Heinrich 43
Adaptive stratagems and taxonomy in S.W. Asian grasses, by P.M. Smith 53
Problems in Carex section Physodeae and Cyperus conglomeratus within the Flora Iranica area, by I. Kukkonen 63
Assessment of the morphological variation by means of numerical taxonomy in Alopecurus (Graminease), by M. Dogan 75
Parasitic flowering plants in agricultural ecosystems of West Asia, by J. Sauerborn 83
Synanthropic flora of Israel, by a. Danin 95
Einheimische Unkräuter ohne Naturstandorte ("Heimatlose" oder obligatorische Unkräuter), von H. Scholz 105
The flora of cultivated plants of the Georgian SSR and its genetic resources, by P. Hanelt and R.K. Beridze 113
Neolithische Holzkohlen aus dem Tell Wadi Fenan (Wadi Arabah, Jordanien) und ihre Interpretation, von W. Frey, E. Gerlach und H. Kürschner 121
Reproductive adaptations of parasitic higher plants: The case of Cuscuta (Cuscutaceae) by U. Plitmann 133
Ecotypic differentiation in Sarcopoterium spinosum: phytogeographical implications, by Y. Waisel and O. Bar Zait 145
Distribution pattern of plants on a sand dune and the adjacent playa in the Wadi Araba (Jordan), by M. Jenny and U. Smettan 155
Sclerophylly, chemical defense and the evolution of the Mediterranean maqui species, by A. Dafni 167
Rock communities in tropical Arabia, by U. Deil 175
Sclerophyllous Quercus forests of the Eastern Mediterranean area: ethological significance, by M. Barbéro, R. Loisel and P. Quézel 189
Vegetation mapping under different aspects of basic and applied vegetation science. - Large-scale examples from the Yemen Arab Republic, by K. Müller-Hohenstein and D. Rappenhöner 199
Floristic composition and the analysis of vegetation of the Sultanate of Oman, by S.A. Ghazanfar 215
Phytogeographical links between Africa and Southwest Asia, by F. White and J. Léonard 229
Endemisme à l'étage alpin de l'Alborz (Iran), par J.C. Klein 247
Pattern of endemism in Arabia, by a.G. Miller and J.A. Nyberg 263
The distribution of some prominent Chenopodiaceae in SW Asia and their phytogeographical significance, by H. Freitag 281
The genus Pterocephalus (Dipsacaceae) in Iran, by Z. Jamzad 293
Asia or Europe? - The phytogeographical position of the Karpathos archipelage (SE Aegean, Greece), by T. Raus 301
Quo vadimus: after the Floras what then? by I.C. Hedge 311
Index 319