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Volume :35 Issue : 2 2008      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

On the flora of Kuwait Islands

Auther : GHANIM A. AL-ABBADI

Biological Sciences Department, Faculty of science, Kuwait University, Kuwait,

P. O. Box 5969 Safat 13060, E-mail: abbadi@kuc01.kuniv.edu.kw

 

ABSTRACT

 

The present study deals with the flora of seven out of nine Kuwait islands. Warba and Bubiyan are excluded because of inaccessibility due to military operations. A list of 138 flowering plant species (60 perennials and 78 ephemerals), belonging to 32 families is given. The  families number of species with the greatest representation were Poaceae (23), Chenopodiaceae (13), Asteraceae (14), and Fabaceae (13). Therophytes and chamaephytes were the most frequent life forms. From the phytogeographical point of view, the monoregional Saharo-Arabian species constituted  22 % of the other flora. Species were primarily Saharo-Arabian but in some cases biregional or pluriregional species accounted for  57.2 % of the total. The major phytogeographical categories with Saharo-Arabian affinities were Irano-Turanian and Mediterranean.   

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