The Subtropical Vegetation of Southwestern China

Plant Distribution, Diversity and Ecology

  • Cindy Q.┬áTang

Part of the Plant and Vegetation book series (PAVE, volume 11)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
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  10. Back Matter
    Pages 359-363

About this book


This book provides a wealth of high-quality scientific information on the patterns and processes of vegetation change across a broad range of spatial and temporal scales, concentrating on southwestern China, mostly on the Yunnan region, and extending to the Yangtze River valley near the boundaries separating Chongqing, Sichuan and Guizhou.

This is the first work to present a contemporary survey and analysis of the special character and value of the subtropical vegetation of southwestern China. In addition, the author also considers present day vegetation in the context of geological events and evolution, and with reference to ecological factors and human activities.

The author has conducted extensive field work in the region and the book benefits from her deep and sophisticated understanding of how vegetation dynamics evolve, how plants persist, and how plant diversity has changed over time and space in the Yunnan region. Included are comparisons and links with similar systems around the world.

The book provides a clear, concise account of the patterns and processes surrounding the subtropical vegetation of southwestern China, making frequent use of line illustrations, color maps and photos to support its exhaustive analysis of this often complex topic. Special attention is paid to several Tertiary relict forests that only recently have been identified and studied. This book will serve as a point of departure for future researchers as they trace and interpret the evolution of the natural environment.


Evergreen broad-leaved forests Persistence of Tertiary relict plants Plant diversity Secondary succession Southwestern China

Authors and affiliations

  • Cindy Q.┬áTang
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  1. 1.Yunnan University Institute of Ecology and GeobotanyKunmingChina

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-94-017-9740-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-9741-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1875-1318
  • Series Online ISSN 1875-1326
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