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Vegetation of southern Africa

Author: R M Cowling; D M Richardson; Shirley M Pierce
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1997.
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This impressive work is the first comprehensive account of the vegetation of southern Africa. The region contains a remarkable juxtaposition of different ecosystems, yet it forms a cohesive ecological unit with exceptionally high endemism. The book is divided into three major parts: Part I provides the physiographic, climatic, biogeographic and historical background essential for understanding contemporary  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: R M Cowling; D M Richardson; Shirley M Pierce
ISBN: 0521571421 9780521571425 0521548012 9780521548014
OCLC Number: 34409463
Description: xxxiv, 615 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
Contents: Pt. 1: Physiography and History: Introduction. Evolution of landscapes / T. C. Partridge --
Climate / R. E. Schulze --
Phytogeography, flora and endemism / R. M. Cowling, and C. Hilton-Taylor --
Vegetation history / L. Scott, H. M. Anderson, and J. M. Anderson. Pt. 2: Biomes: Introduction. Categorization of biomes / M. C. Rutherford --
Fynbos / R. M. Cowling, D. M. Richardson, and P. J. Mustart --
Succulent karoo / S. J. Milton, R. I. Yeaton, W. R. J. Dean, and J. H. J. Vlok --
Nama-karoo / A. R. Palmer, and M. T. Hoffman --
Desert / N. Jürgens, A. Günster, M. K. Seely, and K. M. Jacobson --
Grassland / T. G. O'Connor, and G. J. Bredenkamp --
Savanna R. J. Scholes --
Forest / J. J. Midgley, R. M. Cowling, A. H. W. Seydack, and G. F. Van Wyk --
Coastal vegetation / R. A. Lubke, A. M. Avis, T. D. Steinke, and C. Boucher --
Freshwater wetlands / K. H. Rogers --
Marine vegetation / J. J. Bolton and R. J. Anderson. Pt. 3: Ecological Themes: Introduction. Plant form and function / W. D. Stock, N. Allsopp, F. van der Heyden, and E. T. F. Witkowski --
Herbivory / N. Owen-Smith, and J. E. Danckwerts --
Fire / W. J. Bond --
Species diversity at the regional scale / R. M. Cowling, D. M. Richardson, R. E. Schulze, M. T. Hoffman, J. J. Midgley, and C. Hilton-Taylor --
Human use of plants / A. B. Cunningham, and G. W. Davis --
Human impacts on vegetation / M. T. Hoffman --
Alien plant invasions / D. M. Richardson, I. A. W. Macdonald, J. H. Hoffmann, and L. Henderson --
Conservation / A. G. Rebelo.
Responsibility: edited by R.M. Cowling, D.M. Richardson & S.M. Pierce.
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Comprehensive illustrated guide to plant science and ecology of southern African vegetation.  Read more...

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