Flora and Vegetation of Protected Area Eleshnishki Monastery “Uspenie Bogorodichno”

National Museum of Natural History, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, BG - 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria


VUTOV, V., 2015. Flora and vegetation of protected area Eleshnishki Monastery “Uspenie Bogorodichno”. Bulg. J. Agric. Sci., 21: 1157–1161

The flora and vegetation in the protected area Eleshnishki monastery has been investigated for the first time. It is located in Central Stara Planina Mt. floristic region. Encompasses 125 vascular plants (mosses excluded), belonging to 41 genera and 91 families. There of two are Balkan endemics. With protected status are Balkan endemic species Tragopogon balcanicum Velen. and Trifolium medium L. subsp. balcanicum Velen. Taxus baccata L. The alien species is Robinia pseudoacacia L. Lamium album L. is a new species for the flora of Stara Planina. The hemicryptophytes are the predominant life-form (81 species), followed by the phanerophytes (26 species), geophytes (3 species), therophytes (7 species), 2 chamaephyte; annual to biannual – 3, biannual – 3.

Key words: taxonomic composition, Balkan endemic, Stara Planina Mt., floristic region, plants community, protected area and species, flora and vegetation

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