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|Title:||The vegetation: an extraordinary diversity.|
|Authors:||Guillaumet, Jean Louis|
|metadata.dc.publisher.journal:||Key environments: Madagascar|
|Abstract:||The Malagasy flora is highly endemic: 12 000 species of flowering plants with 85% confined to Madagascar; 6 or 7 endemic families out of 180; and about a quarter of the 1600 genera endemic. The vegetation of each distinct region is described: the impoverished flora of the grasslands of the central highlands; 'tapia' woods and natural rock gardens of the western slopes of the highlands (fire-swept savanna with small forest relicts); heaths, lichen woodlands and moss forest of the mountain massifs; savannas and dry forests of the west (characterised by baobabs Adansonia species and other 'bottle trees'); the southern bush (with 48% of genera and 95% of the species endemics); luxuriant rain forests in the east; and coastal vegetation. -P.J.Jarvis|
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