Valiente-Banuet, Alfonso; De Luna Garcia, Efrain
March 1990
Acta Botanica Mexicana;mar1990, Issue 9, p13
Academic Journal
The Pedregal of San Angel reserve, located in the campus of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, characterized by a xerophilous scrubland vegetation, has been considered as a place of high floristic richness since the last century. Considering that the original area occupied by the scrubland has been reduced from 4000 to 124.5 ha, it is important to analyze the number and identity of the species that currently can be found in the area. In this work we report that the reserve has 301 species of angiosperms grouped in 61 families. Considering available floristic information of this community, we estimate that the original number of species was approximately 350. Of this number it is still possible to find 226 species. This figure is higher than expected according to the empirical relation of the theory of island biogeography. The sources of newly recorded species are discussed in the context of diaspore dispersion from adjacent oak forests and the introduction of propagules in the soil transported into the University gardens from other sites in the Distrito Federal. Local extinction of taxa is associated to urbanization and robbery of ornamental species, activities that have not ceased.


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