Forests of Iran

A Treasure from the Past, a Hope for the Future

  • Khosro Sagheb Talebi
  • Toktam Sajedi
  • Mehdi Pourhashemi

Part of the Plant and Vegetation book series (PAVE, volume 10)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Khosro Sagheb Talebi, Toktam Sajedi, Mehdi Pourhashemi
    Pages 1-13
  3. Khosro Sagheb Talebi, Toktam Sajedi, Mehdi Pourhashemi
    Pages 15-65
  4. Khosro Sagheb Talebi, Toktam Sajedi, Mehdi Pourhashemi
    Pages 67-113
  5. Khosro Sagheb Talebi, Toktam Sajedi, Mehdi Pourhashemi
    Pages 115-141
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 143-152

About this book


Iran has a special position in the northern hemisphere because of its rich vegetation and plant diversity, in particular because of its role as a connecting bridge between Europe and Asia. Hence, forests of Iran are a treasure from our natural history in hands of the present generation, but unfortunately the forests of Iran are not that well-known internationally.

Forests, as the richest and complex terrestrial ecosystems, illustrate the past of a country not only from a natural science point of view, but also from historical and cultural aspects. The book aims to make foresters, botanists, ecologists and any other interested persons in other continents familiar with the internationally forgotten forests of Iran. After a brief introduction and describing the general ecological aspects of Iran, this book presents the forests of three main phytogeographical regions of the country. Some issues are given in general, while some others are presented in detail. Similarity of the Caspian forests in northern Iran to those of European, the forests of southern Iran to those of Africa and South Asia, and the forests of western, central and eastern Iran to those of Turkey and Asia Minor explains the relation of Iranian forests to the other forests of the world.

It has been tried to introduce the forests of Iran not only based on the personal knowledge, experiences and researches of the authors, but also based on the experiences of other native forest researchers and scientists. Hence, this book will provide a valuable reference to researchers intrested in ecology of temperate forests as well as in Mediterranean, subtropical and steppic forests of Middle East, in this case of Iran.


Forest geography Hyrcanian region International forgotten forests Irano-Turanian region Saharo-Sindian region

Authors and affiliations

  • Khosro Sagheb Talebi
    • 1
  • Toktam Sajedi
    • 2
  • Mehdi Pourhashemi
    • 3
  1. 1.Forest ResearchResearch Inst. of Forests and RangelandsTehranIran
  2. 2.Forest SciencesUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  3. 3.Forest ResearchResearch Inst. of Forests and RangelandsTehranIran

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-7370-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-7371-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1875-1318
  • Series Online ISSN 1875-1326
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