Range of distribution of Lathyrus pratensis L. (Meadow Vetchling).

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The expert-botanist - T.N.Smekalova,
the GIS expert - R.S.Ushakova.

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1:20 000 000.

Accuracy of the map:

The map is based on data of a 1:10 000 000 scale map, corrected according to herbarium materials.


"Albers Equal-Area Conic Projection for USSR", 9, 1001, 7, 100, 0, 44, 68, 0, 0

Basic contents:

The map is a vector file consisting of polygons and dots. Point localities of the species are represented by dots, the area of possible species distribution is represented by the polygons.

Accuracy of the qualifier:

Dark dots represent information on the species localities from herbarium specimens, the rest (light) dots represent data from published sources; the polygons are based on generalized information from published sources and herbarium specimens.

Method of the map construction:

The species is distributed in the temperate zone of both European and Asian parts of the former USSR, the northeastern part of the natural range of the species is situated there. Its range in the former USSR is represented by two polygons, Eurasian and Far Eastern. The species distribution in the south of the Eurasian polygon is limited by the zone of dry steppes, semideserts and deserts, where the species penetrates along river banks and roads. Our view on the southern border of the species distribution essentially coincides with that of Hulten, Fries (1986). In the northern part of the polygon, the species almost reaches tundra zone along river banks. The polygon border in the west coincides with the former state border of the USSR, in the east encloses the species localities in West and East Siberia. The northern and eastern borders of the polygon are drawn according to the data from "Flora of Siberia" (1989) and factual data on the species localities in the Asian part of the former USSR. In the Far East, according to published (Kharkevich, 1989) and herbarium data (LE, WIR, VLA, MW), the species occurs in southern Kamchatka, northern Sakhalin, in Ussuri, South Sakhalin and South Kurils regions, mainly as alien naturalized plant, inhabiting roadsides, river banks, meadows, crops. Factual herbarium data, published data and materials of published range maps (Hulten, Fries, 1986; Grossheim, 1952; Kharkevich, 1989; Flora of Siberia, 1989) served as a base for constructing the range.


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Grossheim AA. 1952. Flora of Caucasus. 2nd ed. V.5. P.408; maps. (In Russian).
Mayevsky PF. 2006. Flora of the middle zone of European part of Russia. 10th ed. Moscow. P.336-338. (In Russian).
Kharkevich SS., ed. 1989. Vascular plants of the Soviet Far East. V.4. Leningrad: Nauka. 380 p. (In Russian).
Fedorov AA., Tzvelev NN., eds. 1987. Flora of the European part of the USSR. V.6. Leningrad: Nauka. P.163. (In Russian).
Shishkin BK., Bobrov EG., ed. 1948. Flora URSS. V.13. P.504-505. (In Russian).
Cherepanov SK. 1995. Vascular plants of Russia and adjacent states (the former USSR). St.Petersburg. 990 p. (In Russian).
Herbarium materials of N.I.Vavilov All-Russian Institute of Plant Industry [WIR], V.L.Komarov Botanical Institute [LE], M.V.Lomonosov Moscow State University [MW], and Novosibirsk State University (all in Russia).
Hulten E., Fries M. 1986. Atlas of North European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. V.1-3. Konigstein: Koeltz Scientific Books.

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The copyright of the photo is held by I.G.Chukhina (WIR).

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