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Plant Ecology in the Middle East

Ahmad Hegazy and Jon Lovett-Doust


The Middle East is one of several global “cradles of civilization,” where people early on tamed plants and animals, domesticating a few and then living successfully off them and with them ever since. Middle Eastern plant ecology today includes the plants of primordial Gondwana and ancient Arabia felix; of Iranian “Hyrcania” and the land south of the Caspian Sea; and fabled plants of the Torah, Bible, and Koran. The region is generally dry and getting drier, yet it is also home to spectacular cloud forests of southern Arabia. The region has been badly neglected in terms of its overall natural h ... More

Keywords: plant’s-eye-view, domestication, salt, succulence, desertification, halophyte, regeneration niche, opportunism, habitat loss, biodiversity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199660810
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199660810.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ahmad Hegazy, author
University of Cairo

Jon Lovett-Doust, author
University of Windsor