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Patterns of endemism within the Karoo National Park, South Africa

F. Rubin, A. R. Palmer, C. Tyson
Bothalia | Vol 31, No 1 | a510 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v31i1.510 | © 2001 F. Rubin, A. R. Palmer, C. Tyson | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 16 September 2001 | Published: 17 September 2001

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F. Rubin, South African National Parks. Scientific Services, South Africa
A. R. Palmer, ARC Range and Forest Institute, South Africa
C. Tyson, Geodatec, South Africa

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A checklist of 864 plant taxa representing 355 genera and 93 families is given for the Karoo National Park. A total of 121 species are endemic to the Nama-Karoo, with Asteraceae the most common with 33 taxa. followed by Mesembryanthemaceae with 26 taxa. Phytochorological affinities indicate that 19.8% of the species are from the Nama- Karoo Biome only, another 19.8% are distributed over two biomes, and 41% of the species have a widespread distribution. The Karoo National Park conserves 30% of the recognized endemics of the Nama-Karoo Biome.


checklist; endemic patterns; Karoo National Park. South Africa


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