Part of R. Good's (1974, The Geography of the Flowering Plants) Neotropical floral kingdom. It comprises isthmian America and the West Indies. There are thought to be well in excess of 500 endemic genera (see endemism) and many thousands of endemic species. Some of the most diverse floras in the world are found here; for example, Cuba alone has roughly 8000 species, many of which are endemic. A very large number of valuable economic plants and some garden plants are from this region. See also floral province; floristic region.
Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry — Ecology and Conservation.