Edinburgh Journal of Botany



ANALYSIS OF THE FLORISTIC COMPOSITION OF THE BRAZILIAN CERRADO VEGETATION III: COMPARISON OF THE WOODY VEGETATION OF 376 AREAS


J. A. RATTER a1, S. BRIDGEWATER a1 and J. F. RIBEIRO a2
a1 Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20A Inverleith Row, Edinburgh EH3 5LR, UK
a2 Embrapa Cerrados, BR020 – km 18, CEP 73301, Planaltina, DF, Brazil

An analysis was made of the floristic composition of 376 areas of cerrado and Amazonian savanna, encompassing most of the area of such vegetation in Brazil. A total of 951 species of trees and large shrubs was recorded for these areas, of which 334 (35%) occurred at only a single locality (unicates).

(Received May 13 2002)
(Accepted November 14 2002)


Key Words: Amazonian savanna; biodiversity; cerrado; multivariate analyses; phytogeography; woody vegetation.