Plant‐geography of east Malesia

Plant‐geography of east Malesia A floristic analysis is given of the flora of the Lesser Sunda Islands. It is concluded that their flora must formerly have been richer, especially in rain‐forest plants Irom both east and west Malesia. Impoverishment of the flora started at the onset of the Glacial Age, when these islands acted as an important bridge from continental south east Asia through the Philippines, Celebes, to north Australia, facilitating exchange of drought‐indifferent or seasonal drought‐requiring plants between Asia and Australia. Before the Pliocene the Lesser Sunda Islands contributed little to effective contact and exchange. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society Wiley

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Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 1979 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
0024-4074
eISSN
1095-8339
DOI
10.1111/j.1095-8339.1979.tb01511.x
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Abstract

A floristic analysis is given of the flora of the Lesser Sunda Islands. It is concluded that their flora must formerly have been richer, especially in rain‐forest plants Irom both east and west Malesia. Impoverishment of the flora started at the onset of the Glacial Age, when these islands acted as an important bridge from continental south east Asia through the Philippines, Celebes, to north Australia, facilitating exchange of drought‐indifferent or seasonal drought‐requiring plants between Asia and Australia. Before the Pliocene the Lesser Sunda Islands contributed little to effective contact and exchange.

Journal

Botanical Journal of the Linnean SocietyWiley

Published: Sep 1, 1979

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References

  • Die Flora Australiens und Wegener's Verschiebungstheorie
    Diels, L.

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