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Journal:   IRANIAN JOURNAL OF BIOLOGY   Winter 2004 , Volume 16 , Number 4; Page(s) 72 To 87.
 
Paper: 

A FLORISTIC STUDY OF GHAMESHLOO WILDLIFE REFUGE

 
 
Author(s):  YOUSEFI M.*
 
* Dept. of Biology, Payam Noor Univ., Tehran
 
Abstract: 
Ghameshloo Wildlife Refuge, that has been protected since 1975, is situated in 45 km. northwest of Esfahan (in central Iran). This area is one of the important habitat for Esfahan wild sheep race (Ovis orientalis Gmelin subsp. isphahanica Nasonov). The area covers a surface of ca 50,000 hectars with an elevation ranges between 1800 meter to 2654 meter above sea level. The climate of the area is generally cold and dry in winter and hot and dry in summer. In present work, for the first time, the floristic compositions of the area has studied. The results showed that 497 species belonging to 266 genera and 57 families of vascular plants are grown in this area, among which, the family Asteraceae with 80 species and the genus Astragalus with 37 species are known as the largest family and the largest genus respectively. Furthermore, the plant life form spectrum snowed that these plants consists of 52% hemicryptophytes, 26% therophytes, 11% chamaeophytes, 9% geophytes, and 2% nanophanerophytes. The dominance of hemicryptophytes indicates the harsh and difficult environmental conditions in this area.
 
Keyword(s): FLORA, GHAMESHLOO WILDLIFE REFUGE, VASCULAR PLANTS, IRAN
 
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