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Southeast Brazil

  • H. D. Safford
  • G. Martinelli
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 146)

Abstract

Inselbergs sensu lato are found throughout eastern Brazil, from the semiarid, thorn scrub (caatinga) dominated northeastern interior, to the cool, misty, subtropical highlands of Rio Grande do Sul, more than 3000 km to the south. Although these often isolated granitic sentinels are a familiar part of the landscape for perhaps 75% of the Brazilian population, they are poorly studied, and the systematic, biogeographical, and ecological details of their flora and fauna are largely unknown. The south and the southeast from Minas Gerais and the Bahian “panhandle” to the Uruguayan border are the only parts of Brazil for which even a modicum of quantitative information on inselberg vegetation exists.

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Sandstone Anemia Jurassic Bark Candida 

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