Climate and Environmental Change

Areal differentiation of spermatophytic flora in Henan Province

  • Institute of Natural Resources and Environmental Science Research, College of Environment and Planning, Henan University, Kaifeng 475001, China

Received date: 2005-11-20

  Revised date: 2006-02-09

  Online published: 2006-06-25


Henan province, located between 110°21’E—116°39’E and 31°23’N—36°22’N, stretches from warm-temperate to subtropical transitional zone. Its special position and resultant varied physical conditions, in its long geologic history, give rise to not only a rich but also complex and prominently transitional flora. Therefore, in-depth study of the floristic areal differentiation is of importance to Chinese florilization and in accurately drawing the boundary of warm-temperate and subtropic zones in China. Based on the recent floristic data, this paper conducts comparison and analysis of the floristic difference and resemblance among the Dabie, Tongbai, Funiu and Taihang Mts. in Henan province. The result shows that the Dabie and the Tongbai Mts. have the similar flora components, the northern and the southern slopes of the Funiu Mts. have identical flora, but the Taihang Mts. stand alone in their floristic character. Therefore these mountainous areas should be grouped into three floral regions in China: the Dabie and the Tongbai Mts. belong to East China Floral Region, the Taihang Mts. to North China Floral Region, and the two slopes of the Funiu Mts. to Central China region.

Cite this article

ZHANG Guibin . Areal differentiation of spermatophytic flora in Henan Province[J]. Journal of Geographical Sciences, 2006 , 16(2) : 223 -230 . DOI: 10.1007/s11442-006-0211-2