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Endemism in Vascular Plants

  • Carsten Hobohm
  • Increasing meaning of vascular plant endemism

  • How to measure and monitor endemism in space

  • Case studies from all over the world


Part of the Plant and Vegetation book series (PAVE, volume 9)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. The Meaning of Endemism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Carsten Hobohm, Caroline M. Tucker
      Pages 11-48
  3. Endemic Vascular Plants Over Time

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 49-49
    2. Ines Bruchmann, Carsten Hobohm
      Pages 51-68
    3. Carsten Hobohm, Ines Bruchmann
      Pages 69-81
  4. Endemic Vascular Plants in Space

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Carsten Hobohm, Monika Janišová, Jan Jansen, Ines Bruchmann, Uwe Deppe
      Pages 85-163
    3. Andrés Moreira-Muñoz, Sergio Elórtegui Francioli, Carsten Hobohm, Miguel Pinto da Silva Menezes de Sequeira
      Pages 165-204
    4. Sula E. Vanderplank, Andrés Moreira-Muñoz, Carsten Hobohm, Gerhard Pils, Jalil Noroozi, V. Ralph Clark et al.
      Pages 205-308
  5. Endemism in Vascular Plants

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 309-309
    2. Carsten Hobohm, Sula E. Vanderplank, Monika Janišová, Cindy Q. Tang, Gerhard Pils, Marinus J. A. Werger et al.
      Pages 311-321
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 323-348

About this book


The book about Endemism in Vascular Plants is the first comprehensive analysis of the macroecology and geobotany of endemic vascular plants with case-studies and analyses from different regions in the world. Endemism is a pre-extinction phenomenon. Endemics are threatened with extinction. Due to international nature conservation policies and due to the perception of the public the importance of the concept of endemism is increasing. Endemism can result from different biological and environmental processes. Depending on the process conservation measures should be adapted. Endemic vascular plant taxa, in the setting of their species composition and vegetation types are important features of landscapes and indicators of the quality of relating habitats. The book is an important basis for biologists, ecologists, geographers, planners and managers of nature reserves and national parks, and people generally interested in nature conservation and biogeography of vascular plants.

Furthermore, the book provides an insight into biological phenomena which are related to evolutionary, genetical, ecological processes, and landscape history under climate change and anthropogenic impacts.

21 experts from all over the world are contributors of the book. The scientists describe and analyse distribution patterns and underlying evolutionary and ecological processes of mainland regions e.g. in Middle America, South America, Europe, Middle East and Southeast Asia, and island regions of tropical and subtropical zones in the Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Basin, Indic Ocean, and Pacific Ocean as well.


Biogeography of endemic plants Biotic crisis and responsibility Endemic plants over time Endemism in vascular plants Quantifying endemism

Editors and affiliations

  • Carsten Hobohm
    • 1
  1. 1.Ecology and Environ. Educ. Working GroupUniversity of FlensburgFlensburgGermany

Bibliographic information


From the reviews:

“Researchers, students, land managers, and interested general readers will likely find this well-written book a valuable reference, particularly if they are interested in plant ecology, evolution, diversity, biogeography, or conservation. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals/practitioners; informed general audiences.” (A. L. Jacobsen, Choice, Vol. 51 (8), April, 2014)