Lichens of the Oasis Molodyozhnyi and adjacent areas (Enderby Land, Antarctic)

M. P. Andreev



Lichen flora and vegetation in the vicinity of the Russian base «Molodyozhnaya» (Enderby Land, Antarctica) were investigated in 2010–2011 in details for the first time. About 500 specimens were collected in 100 localities in all available ecotopes. The lichen flora is the richest in the region and numbers 39 species (21 genera, 11 families). The studied vegetation is very poor and sparse, but typical for coastal oases of the Antarctic continent. The poorness is caused by the extremely harsh climate conditions, insufficient availability of liquid water, ice-free land, and high insolation levels. The dominant and most common lichens are Rinodina olivaceobrunnea, Amandinea punctata, Candelariella flava, Physcia caesia, Caloplaca tominii, Lecanora expectans, Caloplaca ammiospila, Lecidea cancriformis, Pseudephebe minuscula, Lecidella siplei, Umbilicaria decussata, Buellia frigida, Lecanora fuscobrunnea, Usnea sphacelata, Lepraria and Buellia spp.

Keywords: lichens, flora, vegetation, Antarctica, Molodyozhnaya

Section: Lichens

How to cite

Andreev M. P. 2013. Lichens of the Oasis Molodyozhnyi and adjacent areas (Enderby Land, Antarctic). Novosti Sist. Nizsh. Rast. 47: 167–178.


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