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Title: The vascular flora of the Maltese Islands
Authors: Lanfranco, Sandro
Lanfranco, Edwin
Westermeier, Rowina
Zammit, Mark Anthony
Mifsud, Marie Antoinette
Xiberras, Joelene
Keywords: Botany -- Malta
Plants -- Malta -- Identification
Endemic plants -- Malta
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Institut Menorqui d’Estudis
Citation: Lanfranco, S., Lanfranco, E., Westermeier, R., Zammit, M. A., Mifsud, M. A., & Xiberras, J. (2013). The vascular flora of the Maltese Islands. In E. Cardona Pons., I. Estaun Clariso., M. Comas Casademont, & P. Arguimbau (Eds.), Islands and plants: preservation and understanding of flora on Mediterranean Islands 2nd Botanical Conference in Menorca, Proceedings and abstracts (pp. 261-268). Mao: Institut Menorqui d’Estudis.
Abstract: The flora of the Maltese Islands comprises approximately 1,100 indigenous, archaeophytic and naturalised alien species and approximately 700 casual alien species. The most represented families are the Poaceae, Asteraceae and the Fabaceae. Life forms are predominantly therophytes or hemicryptophytes whilst most indigenous perennials are characterised by adaptations characteristic of xerophytes. The proportion of endemics is relatively low (2%), compared to that of other Mediterranean islands, and this may be a consequence of the high human population density (>1,500 persons km-2). Most endemics have only been subject to taxonomic and distributional studies and knowledge of their ecology is lacking. Ongoing work suggests that one of the endemics, Helichrysum melitense, has very low rates of reproductive success.
ISBN: 9788495718952
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