The indigenous vascular flora of the domain of Anela (Sardinia, Italy)
Farris, E.; Carta, M.; Circosta, S.; Falchi, S.; Papuga, G.; de Lange, Peter
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Citation:Farris, E., Carta, M., Circosta, S., Falchi, S., Papuga, G., & de Lange, P. J. (2018). The indigenous vascular flora of the domain of Anela (Sardinia, Italy). Phytokeys, 113, 97-143. doi:doi:10.3897/phytokeys.113.28681
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The importance of mountains for plant diversity and richness is underestimated, particularly when transition zones between different bioclimates are present along altitudinal gradients. Here we present the first floristic data for a mountain area in the island of Sardinia (Italy), which exhibits Mediterranean bioclimates at the bottom and temperate bioclimate at the top. We discovered a very high floristic richness, despite the fact that the number of endemic taxa is not high and the number of exclusive taxa is very low. Many of the detected taxa are at their range periphery and/or ecological margin. We conclude that climate transition zones in Mediterranean mountains and especially on islands are key areas regarding plant biodiversity and should be better investigated and protected.