North American Prairies Province

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The North American Prairies Province is a large grassland floristic province within the North American Atlantic Region, a floristic region within the Holarctic Kingdom. It lies between the Appalachian Province and the Rocky Mountains and includes the prairies of the Great Plains. It is bounded by the Canadian coniferous forests on the north and the arid semideserts to the southwest. The province itself is occupied by temperate grasslands, savannas, and shrublands (including such ecoregions as the Flint Hills tallgrass prairie, Sand Hills, High Plains). Endemism is rather limited in this province, and its boundaries are vague. During the Pleistocene much of the province was glaciated.[1]

Endemic taxa[edit]

Endemics of the North American Prairies Province
Species and lower taxa
Phlox oklahomensis - Oklahoma Phlox[2]
Lespedeza leptostachya - Prairie Bush-Clover[3]
Eustoma russellianum - Texas Bluebell[4]
Andropogon gerardi - Big Bluestem[5]
Bouteloua gracilis - Blue Grama[6]
Bouteloua dactyloides - Buffalo Grass[7]
Erigeron philadelphicus - Philadelphia Fleabane[8]
Sorghastrum nutans - Yellow Indiangrass[9]
Echinacea purpurea - Purple Coneflower[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thorne, Robert F. (2009-07-16). "Chapter 6: Phytogeography of North America North of Mexico". Flora of North America. Volume 1: Introduction. Retrieved 2017-08-24. 
  2. ^ TWC Staff, TMH (2014-07-15). "Phlox oklahomensis". Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. University of Texas at Austin. Retrieved 2017-08-25. 
  3. ^ http://www.minnesotawildflowers.info/flower/prairie-bush-clover
  4. ^ TWC Staff, TMH (2016-10-27). "Eustoma exaltatum ssp. russellianum". Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. University of Texas at Austin. Retrieved 2017-08-25. 
  5. ^ Celeste G. (2000). "Big Bluestem Grass". Big Blue Biomes. Retrieved 2017-08-25. 
  6. ^ "Blue Grama". Big Blue Biomes. 2000. Retrieved 2017-08-25. 
  7. ^ "Buffalo Grass". Big Blue Biomes. 2000. Retrieved 2017-08-25. 
  8. ^ Becky W. (2000). "Fleabane". Big Blue Biomes. Retrieved 2017-08-25. 
  9. ^ Hilary W. (2000). "Indian Grass". Big Blue Biomes. Retrieved 2017-08-25. 
  10. ^ Becky W. (2000). "Purple Coneflower". Big Blue Biomes. Retrieved 2017-08-25. 

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