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Publication Type J
Authors Abbadi, G. A. and M. A. El-Sheikh
Title Vegetation analysis of Failaka Island (Kuwait)
Source Journal of Arid Environments
Author Keywords arid island biodiversity Panicum turgidum saline vegetation
Abstract Kuwait is a small desert country with hot and climate. It has a number of islands in the Arabian Gulf of which only Failaka is inhabited. The present study analyses the vegetation of Failaka Island and proposes its designation as a wildlife reserve. One hundred plant species are recorded of which 44 are perennials and 56 are annuals. The vegetation type is essentially halophytic in the center with widespread grasses along the sandy shore of the Island. Five vegetation groups were identified after the application of TWINSPAN and DCA programs. They are named after the characterizing species as follows: Aeluropus lagopoides-Suaeda vermiculata, Stipa capensis-Aeluropus lagopoides-Anabasis setifera, Zygophyllum qatarense-Seidlitzia rosimarinus, Panicum turgidum and Halocnemum strobilaceum, These vegetation groups are compared with the plant communities of Kuwait and neighbouring countries of the Gulf region. The soil factors best correlated with the distribution of this vegetation are salinity, sand, sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium. (C) 2002 Academic Press.
Author Address Kuwait Univ, Fac Sci, Dept Biol Sci, Safat 13060, Kuwait Al Azhar Univ Assuit, Fac Sci, Dept Bot, Assiut, Egypt Abbadi, GA (reprint author), Kuwait Univ, Fac Sci, Dept Biol Sci, POB 5969, Safat 13060, Kuwait
ISSN 0140-1963
ISBN 0140-1963
29-Character Source Abbreviation J. Arid. Environ.
Publication Date Jan
Year Published 2002
Volume 50
Issue 1
Beginning Page 153-165
Digital Object Identifier (DOI) 10.1006/jare.2001.0855
Unique Article Identifier WOS:000173361200009
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