Contributions to the flora and vegetation of Kagbeni (Mustan District, Central Nepal)

  • Kagbeni and its irrigated oasis are surrounded by subdesert dwarf scrubland. In the present study, a list of 78 species of vascular plants is presented for Kagbeni and its immediate surroundings, supplemented with data on the distribution of the species within the entire Mustan District. The data are arrived from own investigations and the geobotanical literature. A phytogeographical analysis shows the prevalence of western over eastern elements. Species with a wide distribution in Eurasia, which constitute one third of the total flora of Kagbeni, are of great importance as weeds on arable fields and in ruderal places within the irrigated oasis. Their occurrence is closely related to human activity. Presumably, most of these weeds have reached the area under study in connection with agriculture a long time ago. Weeds from the New World, although recorded in other villages of Mustan District, have not been found in Kagbeni. The weed vegetation of Kagbeni is documented by nine vegetation releves, and is compared to releves from Jomsom and Mzrpha. A floristic gradient from south to north that has been detected by earlier investigations throughout the whole district can be reproduced at the local scale. With regard to the weed flora, the effects of different crops are minimal, compared to effects of altitude and other factors related to altitude.

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Author:Gerwin KasperekORCiDGND
Parent Title (German):Kagbeni - Contributions to the village's history and geography / Pohle, Perdita & Haffner, Willibald (editors) ; Giessener Geographische Schriften ; 77
Place of publication:Gießen
Document Type:Part of a Book
Date of Publication (online):2006/12/18
Year of first Publication:2001
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2006/12/18
Tag:Mustang District; anthropogenic influences; arable fields; phytogeographical analysis; plant communities; subdesert scrubland; vascular plants; weed vegetation
GND Keyword:Vegetation; Pflanzen; Unkraut; Steppe; Nepal; Pflanzengeographie; Pflanzensoziologie
First Page:61
Last Page:80
Source:Pohle, Perdita & Haffner, Willibald (editors): Kagbeni - Contributions to the village's history and geography (= GiessenerGeographische Schriften 77): pp. 61-80.
Institutes:Zentrale Einrichtung / Universitätsbibliothek
Dewey Decimal Classification:5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 58 Pflanzen (Botanik) / 580 Pflanzen (Botanik)
Sammlungen:Sammlung Biologie / Sondersammelgebiets-Volltexte
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht