Plant Geography - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780122041501, 9780323154932

Plant Geography

1st Edition

With Special Reference to North America

Authors: Rexford Daubenmire
eBook ISBN: 9780323154932
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th March 1978
Page Count: 346
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Description

Plant Geography: With Special Reference to North America covers main concepts of the two major approaches to plant geography, namely, the floristic plant geography and the ecologic plant geography. Floristic plant geography primarily studies evolutionary divergence, migration, and decline of taxa, as influenced by past events of the earth’s history. Ecologic plant geography is an alternative approach to plant geography, which takes plant communities as units having ranges to be interpreted, dominated by sociologic and physiologic, rather than phylogenetic and historic considerations. Under the floristic plant geography part, topics covered include interrelations among floristic plant geography, taxonomy, and geology; the relation between plant dissemination and migration; evidence of the dynamic character of plant ranges; and migratory route. After a brief introduction to the evolution of North and South America vegetation, the book discusses the ecologic plant geography section that focuses on various vegetation regions in North America, including Tundra, subarctic-subalpine forest, temperate mesophytic, xerophytic forest, and chaparral and steppe regions and temperate affinity forests in Middle America. Other regions examined include the desert and marine regions, as well as the microphyllous woodland, tropical savanna, rain forest, and tropical alpine. With great information on geologic history of each vegetation unit and paleontology, this book will be helpful to paleobotanists, historical geologists, and taxonomists.

Table of Contents


Introduction

Part I: Floristic Plant Geography

Relation between Dissemination and Migration

Evidences of the Dynamic Character of Ranges

Causes of Migration

Dissemination Efficiency

Migratory Routes

Barriers to Migration

Some Consequences of Migration

Endemism and Its Interpretation

Interrelations among Floristic Plant Geography, Taxonomy, and Geology

Part II: Ecologic Plant Geography

Introduction

Evolution of North American Vegetation

South American Vegetational History

The Tundra Region

The Subarctic-Subalpine Forest Region

The Temperate Mesophytic Forest Region

Forests of Temperate Affinity in Middle America

The Temperate Xerophytic Forest Region

The Chaparral Region

The Steppe Region

The Desert Region

Some Significant Features of Tropical Climates

The Microphyllous Woodland Region

The Tropical Savanna Region

Tropical Xerophytic (Seasonal) Forest Region

The Tropical Mesophytic Forest (Rain Forest) Region

Tropical Alpine Region

Vegetation in Relation to Climatic Classification

Marine Vegetation

Bibliography

Glossary

Index






Details

No. of pages:
346
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Academic Press 1978
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
eBook ISBN:
9780323154932

About the Author

Rexford Daubenmire