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La vegetación de la Argentina

Nature volume 162, page 203 (07 August 1948) | Download Citation



UP to the present, the botanist or agriculturist desiring information on the plant cover of the Argentine has been obliged to seek it among a large number of scattered publications, some in rather obscure periodicals, many out of print. Assistance has been given in recent years by Castellanos and Perez-Moreau‘s valuable classified bibliography of South American botany, published in Lilloa, volumes 6 and 7, 1941, and by the reprinting of some of the older works, such as, for example, Hieronymus' "Observations on the Vegetation of the Province of Tucumán", 1874, republished in 1945 by the University of Tucumán ; but no compact account of the plant resources of this extremely varied country has yet been available. The appearance of the volume now published by the Argentine Society of Geographical Studies and written by botanists of authoritative position is, therefore, much to be welcomed. It is concise and so far as possible complete, although as Cabrera, writing of the Patagonian shrub steppe, notes, there is still much room for botanical and sociological investigation. The material Was ready for publication in 1939 ; but printing had to be deferred until 1947.

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