High species richness in hemiboreal forests of the northern Russian Altai, southern Siberia (pages 605–616)
Milan Chytrý, Nikolai Ermakov, Jiří Danihelka, Michal Hájek, Petra Hájková, Michal Horsák, Martin Kočí, Svatava Kubešová, Pavel Lustyk, Zdenka Otýpková, Barbora Pelánková, Milan Valachovič and David Zelený
Article first published online: 11 JAN 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1654-1103.2011.01383.x
In the Altai Mountains of southern Siberia, we discovered pine-birch forests which contain up to 114 species of vascular plants per 100 square metres, and 149 species per 0.1 ha. About 95% of their vascular plant species occur in the herb layer and all species are native. They are probably the most species-rich forests in boreal and temperate Eurasia.