, Volume 25, Issue 2–3, pp 265–284 | Cite as

Zonation of flora and vegetation of the Northern declivity of the Karakoram/Kunlun mountains (SW Xinjiang China)

  • Dickoré Wolf Bernhard 


Botanical results of the “Sino-German Joint Expedition to K2, 1986” are presented with remarks on vegetation of SW Kashgaria, the W Kunlun Shan and the N declivity of the central Karakoram mountains. The vertical and horizontal zonation of the vegetation and flora of a cross-section of the Karakoram/Kunlun N declivity from the edge of the Tarim basin to the summit-pyramid of K2 is outlined. The transect covers altitudes between c. 1300 and 5200 m. Altitudinal vegetation belts distinguished along the transect, their extension, and characteristic species are:

An annotated list of 301 species collected (1 Charophyta, 2 Pteridophyta, 6 Gymnospermae, 292 Angiospermae) is given. Floristical and vegetation features of the Karakoram/Kunlun N declivity are discussed in connection with environmental factors and their variation, and in relation to pleistocene glaciation.


Tarim Basin Alpine Belt Subalpine Belt Haloxylon Ammodendron Scree Slope 
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  • Dickoré Wolf Bernhard 
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  1. 1.Dipl. Biol.Universität Göttingen, Systematisch-Geobotanisches InstitutGöttingenGermany

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