Plant Diversity in the Central Great Caucasus: A Quantitative Assessment

  • George Nakhutsrishvili
  • Otar Abdaladze
  • Ketevan Batsatsashvili
  • Eva Spehn
  • Christian Körner

Part of the Geobotany Studies book series (GEOBOT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. George Nakhutsrishvili, Otar Abdaladze
    Pages 11-16
  3. George Nakhutsrishvili, Otar Abdaladze
    Pages 17-111
  4. George Nakhutsrishvili, Ketevan Batsatsashvili
    Pages 113-131
  5. Christophe F. Randin, Loïc Pellissier, Antoine Guisan, George Nakhutsrishvili
    Pages 133-144
  6. George Nakhutsrishvili, Ketevan Batsatsashvili, Katrin Rudmann-Maurer, Christian Körner, Eva Spehn
    Pages 145-160
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 161-170

About this book


This book presents the first assessment of the high-elevation flora of the Central Caucasus with a community ecology emphasis. Following a geostatistical-climatological description of the region (in comparison to the European Alps), it describes the montane, alpine and nival plant assemblages on the basis of an ecological approach that combines moisture, soils and local habitat peculiarities. 

Highlights include the famous giant herb communities in treeless parts of the upper montane belt, the various facets of alpine turf, and the unique assemblages and settings in the nival region. Further chapters address potential niche conservation between the Caucasus and the Alps, as well as a compilation of plant species habitat preferences (indicator values) that applies to a concept developed for the Alps. 

Richly illustrated and featuring extensive quantitative data on species abundance, the book offers a unique guide to the plant species diversity of this prominent mountain range, and a valuable resource for comparative ecology and biodiversity assessments of warm temperate mountain systems.


Alpine Ecology Caucasian Climate Caucasus Flora High Elevation Flora Plant Communities Temperate Mountain Systems

Editors and affiliations

  • George Nakhutsrishvili
    • 1
  • Otar Abdaladze
    • 2
  • Ketevan Batsatsashvili
    • 3
  • Eva Spehn
    • 4
  • Christian Körner
    • 5
  1. 1.Institute of BotanyIlia State UniversityTbilisiGeorgia
  2. 2.Institute of EcologyIlia State UniversityTbilisiGeorgia
  3. 3.Institute of EcologyIlia State UniversityTbilisiGeorgia
  4. 4.Institute of Plant SciencesUniversity of BernBernSwitzerland
  5. 5.Institute of BotanyUniversity of BaselBaselSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-55776-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-55777-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2198-2562
  • Series Online ISSN 2198-2570
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