floristic region

Encyclopedia

floristic region

any of six areas of the world recognized by plant geographers for their distinctive plant life. These regions, which coincide closely with the faunal regions (q.v.) as mapped by animal geographers, are often considered with them as biogeographic regions. The chief difference is the recognition by plant geographers of the Cape region of South Africa as a distinct major unit because of its rich flora, which includes more than 1,500 genera, 30 percent of which are native nowhere else in the world

Learn more about floristic region with a free trial on Britannica.com.

Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source
Explore Dictionary.com
Previous Definition: floristic kingdom
Next Definition: floristically
Words Near: floristic region
More from Thesaurus.com
Synonyms and Antonyms for floristic region
More from Reference.com
Search for articles containing floristic region
Dictionary.com Word FAQs

Dictionary.com presents 366 FAQs, incorporating some of the frequently asked questions from the past with newer queries.

Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature