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The Adenio Obesi-Sterculietum Africanae, a Relic Arabian Mainland Community Vicarious to the Socotran Adenium-Sterculia Woodland

Harald Kürschner, Norbert Kilian, Peter Hein and Abdullah Mukram
Englera
No. 28, Biodiversity of Socotra Forests, Woodlands and Bryophyte (2006), pp. 79-96, 2
DOI: 10.2307/20358184
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20358184
Page Count: 35
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Abstract

The Adenio obesi-Sterculietum africanae, a drought-deciduous woodland community, is described as a new association from the Jabal Arays, northeast of Shuqra in the Abyan governorate, in mainland Yemen. It is characterized by the large emergents of Sterculia africana var. africana, overtopping the tree layer nearly double. Floristic, ecological and physiognomic affinities strongly point at a joint origin of the drought-deciduous Adenium-Sterculia woodland on the Arabian-African mainland and Socotra. The new association is also widespread in Africa and is best classified in the Boscio angustifoliae-Commiphoretea abyssinicae class, which comprises the various types of Acacia-Commiphora woodland.

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