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Systematic Revision of Pteris L. in Tropical Africa and Ecology of Ferns and Lycophytes in Lowland Tropical Rainforests

Systematische Revision der Gattung Pteris L. im tropischen Afrika und Ökologie von Farnen sowie Bärlappen in tropischen Tieflandregenwäldern

  • A taxonomic revision of the genus Pteris in tropical Africa revealed 26 species. An identification key to the species is provided. Morphological characters were used to prepare a cladistic analysis of the relevant taxa. Each species was evaluated concerning the IUCN red list status. Only Pteris mkomaziensis was considered as Near Threatened, and all other species only as Least Concern. An inventory of the ferns of Kakamega Forest / Kenya and Budongo Forest / Uganda revealed 85 species in Kakamega and 66 species in Budongo. Life form spectra were analysed and the ferns were studied for their value for bioindication.

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Author:Peris Wangari Kamau
Advisor:Eberhard Fischer, Maximilian Weigend
Document Type:Doctoral Thesis
Date of completion:2012/12/20
Date of publication:2012/12/20
Publishing institution:Universität Koblenz-Landau, Campus Koblenz, Universitätsbibliothek
Granting institution:Universität Koblenz, Fachbereich 3
Date of final exam:2012/12/19
Release Date:2012/12/20
Tag:Afrika; Bärlappe; Farnpflanzen; Pteris; Systematik
Africa; Ferns; Lycophytes; Pteris; systematics
Number of pages:xii, 172
Institutes:Fachbereich 3 / Institut für Integrierte Naturwissenschaften / Institut für Integrierte Naturwissenschaften, Abt. Biologie
Dewey Decimal Classification:5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 58 Pflanzen (Botanik) / 580 Pflanzen (Botanik)
Licence (German):License LogoEs gilt das deutsche Urheberrecht: § 53 UrhG