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Hall M.,Center for Middle Eastern Plants | Llewellyn O.A.,Saudi Wildlife Commission SWC | Miller A.G.,Center for Middle Eastern Plants | Al-Abbasi T.M.,Saudi Wildlife Commission SWC | And 3 more authors.
Edinburgh Journal of Botany | Year: 2010

The Farasan Archipelago in Saudi Arabia is an Important Plant Area (IPA) in the Arabian Peninsula. This paper describes the flora of the Farasan Islands and provides an up-to-date botanical checklist together with background information on the geology and fauna of the islands. It designates the locality as an IPA due to the presence of nationally and regionally rare species and the presence of good examples of mangrove vegetation, which is both regionally and globally threatened. In addition to conservation assessments, this study also examines conservation planning concerns, particularly the colonisation of the main island Farasan Al-Kabir by the invasive species Prosopis juliflora. Suggestions for conservation action are provided. A new combination is made for Tetraena boulosii.© 2010 Trustees of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.


Llewellyn O.A.,Saudi Wildlife Commission SWC | Hall M.,Center for Middle Eastern Plants | Miller A.G.,Center for Middle Eastern Plants | Al-Abbasi T.M.,Saudi Wildlife Commission SWC | And 3 more authors.
Edinburgh Journal of Botany | Year: 2011

Jabal Aja' in Saudi Arabia is an Important Plant Area (IPA) in the Arabian Peninsula. This paper describes the flora of the Jabal Aja' area and provides an up-to-date botanical checklist. It designates the site as an IPA due to the presence of endemic and biogeographically relict species and the function of the site as a bioclimatic refuge. In addition to these conservation assessments, this study discusses socio-economic issues, threats to biodiversity conservation on Jabal Aja', and the future research required to build upon these preliminary studies. © 2011 Trustees of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.


Hall M.,Center for Middle Eastern Plants | Miller A.G.,Center for Middle Eastern Plants | Llewellyn O.A.,Saudi Wildlife Commission SWC | Al-Abbasi T.M.,Saudi Wildlife Commission SWC | And 2 more authors.
Edinburgh Journal of Botany | Year: 2011

'Uruq Bani Ma'arid in Saudi Arabia is an Important Plant Area (IPA) in the Arabian Peninsula. This paper describes the flora of 'Uruq Bani Ma'arid, provides an up-to-date botanical checklist of the area, and gives background information on the geology and fauna. It designates the locality as an IPA due to the highest known levels of plant species diversity in the Empty Quarter and the presence of endemic Arabian taxa. In addition to conservation assessments, this study discusses socio-economic issues, threats to biodiversity conservation on 'Uruq Bani Ma'arid, and the future research required to build upon these preliminary studies. A new combination is made for Fagonia schweinfurthii. © 2011 Trustees of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

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