Pure Appl. Bio., 1(1): 18-21, June- 2012.http://dx.doi.org/10.19045/bspab.2012.11005

GEOPHYTES OF SULDUZ REGION, WEST AZERBAYJAN PROVINCE, IRAN AND THEIR CHARACTERISTICS
Amir Rahimi,a Mehrab Aghaalinejad,b Neşet Arslana
a Ankara University, Agriculture Faculty, Field Crops Department, Ankara, Turkey.
b Naghadeh (Sulduz) Education and Training Office, Biology Department, Naghadeh, Iran. 
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Abstract

Iran is very rich in terms of plant diversity. Sulduz region (36:57º E, 45:22 ºN), West Azerbaijan Province, Iran; occupies an area of over 1050 km², which is more than 2.5 percent of the total area of West Azerbaijan province. The altitude of region is between 1000–2100 m. The systematic study of flora especially in virgin regions has its own special challenges and excitement. Commercial collection and trade represents principle threat to individual species. The present research is concerned with the geophytes floristic investigation of Nemat, Baba Hasan, Sultan Yaghub valleys which are located 15 Km south west of Sulduz region and cover about 320 hectares. The study aimed to find the diversity of geophytes in this region and their features. Plant specimens were collected 25 times during 2008 – 2010 and were prepared for identification according to methods used in systematic studies.  The study helped to identify 49 geophytes species belonging to 33 genus and 10 families. After identification the specimens were also studied for life form, chorotype, altitude of growth and consumption type (drug, food and industry)..

Keywords: Chorotype; Geophytes; Azerbayjan


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