Phytosociological studies in the Alashan Gobi - A contribution to the flora and vegetation of Inner Mongolia (NW China)
In total, five classes, six orders, six alliances, seven associations, three subassociations and eight rankless communities are treated for the first time from this part of China. Six of the units are described as new (viz., Asterothamno centrali-asiatici-Gymnocarpetum przewalskii, Nitrario sphaerocarpae-Artemisietum tschernievianae, with the subassociations typicum, lycietosum ruthenicae, and calligonetosum mongolicae, Salicornio perennantis-Aeluropetum sinensis, Halerpesto cymbalariae-Crypsietum aculeatae). They provide the basis for the comparison of the vegetation of the study area with the units described from the neighbouring Mongolia, which remain the single syntaxonomic reference for this part of Central Asia.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: June 1, 2004
Phytocoenologia (ISSN 0340-269X) is an international, peer-reviewed journal of plant community ecology. It is devoted to vegetation survey and classification at any organizational and spatial scale and without restriction to certain methodological approaches. The journal publishes original papers that develop new vegetation typologies as well as applied studies that use such typologies, for example, in vegetation mapping, ecosystem modelling, nature conservation, land use management or monitoring. Particularly encouraged are methodological studies that design and compare tools for vegetation classification and mapping, such as algorithms, databases and nomenclatural principles. Papers dealing with conceptual and theoretical bases of vegetation survey and classification are also welcome. While large-scale studies are preferred, regional studies will be considered when filling important knowledge gaps or presenting new methods.
Phytocoenologia was founded by Reinhold Tüxen in 1973 and is published in collaboration with the International Association for Vegetation Science (IAVS; www.iavs.org). The journal closely cooperates with various subgroups of IAVS and serves as publication outlet for their workshops as well as for selected sessions of the IAVS Symposia. It contains special sections on “Phytosociological Nomenclature” and “Ecoinformatics”. Guest-edited Special Features that fall within the scope of the journal are also published.
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