Biotic Diversity of Isolated Rock Outcrops in Tropical and Temperate Regions

  • Stefan Porembski
  • Wilhelm Barthlott

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 146)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXXI
  2. Why Study Inselbergs?

    1. W. Barthlott, S. Porembski
      Pages 1-6
  3. Inselbergs: Geomorphology and Geoecology

    1. H. Bremer, H. Sander
      Pages 7-35
  4. Xeric Islands: Environmental Conditions on Inselbergs

  5. Islands on Islands: Habitats on Inselbergs

    1. S. Porembski, U. Becker, R. Seine
      Pages 49-67
  6. Algae, Fungi, and Lichens on Inselbergs

    1. B. Büdel, U. Becker, G. Follmann, K. Sterflinger
      Pages 69-90
  7. Bryophytes

    1. J.-P. Frahm
      Pages 91-102
  8. Vascular Plants on Inselbergs: Systematic Overview

    1. W. Barthlott, S. Porembski
      Pages 103-116
  9. Vascular Plants on Inselbergs: Vegetative and Reproductive Strategies

    1. N. Biedinger, S. Porembski, W. Barthlott
      Pages 117-142
  10. Ecophysiology of Vascular Plants on Inselbergs

    1. M. Kluge, J. Brulfert
      Pages 143-174
  11. Variation on One Theme: Regional Floristics of Inselberg Vegetation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
    2. S. Porembski
      Pages 177-211
    3. R. Seine, U. Becker
      Pages 213-235
    4. E. Fischer, I. Theisen
      Pages 259-276
    5. N. Biedinger, K. Fleischmann
      Pages 277-290
    6. U. P. D. Raghoenandan
      Pages 315-338
    7. H. D. Safford, G. Martinelli
      Pages 339-389
  12. Phytogeography

    1. R. Seine, S. Porembski, U. Becker
      Pages 435-449
  13. 12 Factors Controlling Species Richness of Inselbergs

    1. S. Porembski, R. Seine, W. Barthlott
      Pages 451-481
  14. 13 The Fauna of Inselbergs

    1. M. A. Mares, R. H. Seine
      Pages 483-491
  15. 14 Human Dimensions and Conservation

    1. R. Seine
      Pages 493-506
  16. Biodiversity of Terrestrial Habitat Islands — the Inselberg Evidence

  17. Back Matter
    Pages 515-524

About this book


Inselbergs are isolated rock outcrops that stand out abruptly from surrounding plains. Despite the widespread occurrence of granite inselbergs throughout all climatic and vegetational zones, their remarkably rich plant life was largely neglected in the recent literature.
This richly and partly in color illustrated volume provides a detailed survey of all major abiotic and biotic features characteristic for inselbergs. The extreme environmental conditions on inselbergs are described in depth as well as specific adaptive traits of rock outcrop plants including their morphological, anatomical and physiological responses. The diversity and structure of inselberg plant communities are examined on a global scale with detailed regional accounts for different tropical and temperate zones.


Artenvielfalt Biodiversität Bryophyte Fauna Flora Namib Tropenökologie algae biodiversity ecology environment matrix physiology tropical ecology vegetation

Editors and affiliations

  • Stefan Porembski
    • 1
  • Wilhelm Barthlott
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für Biodiversitätsforschung Allgemeine und Spezielle BotanikUniversität RostockRostockGermany
  2. 2.Botanisches InstitutUniversität BonnBonnGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-64120-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-59773-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0070-8356
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