The global loss of floristic uniqueness

Regional species assemblages have been shaped by colonization, speciation and extinction over millions of years. Humans have altered biogeography by introducing species to new ranges. However, an analysis of how strongly naturalized plant species (i.e. alien plants that have established self-sustaining populations) affect the taxonomic and phylogenetic uniqueness of regional floras globally is still missing. We presented such an analysis with data from native and naturalized alien floras in 658 regions around the world.

Yang Q., Weigelt P., Fristoe T. S., Zhang Z., Kreft H.,  Stein A., Seebens H., Dawson W., Essl F., König C., Lenzner B., Pergl J., Pouteau R., Pyšek P., Winter M., Ebel A. L., Fuentes N., Giehl E. L. H., Kartesz J., Krestov P., Kukk T., Nishini M., Kupriyanov A. N., Villasenor J. L., Wieringa J. J., Zedam A., Zykova E. & van Kleunen M. 2021. The global loss of floristic uniqueness. Nature Communications.