A region whose geographical extent varies with the authority consulted. R. Good's (The Geography of the Flowering Plants, 1974) definition embraces the African (excluding the Cape), Indo-Malaysian, and Polynesian subkingdoms. Other authorities adopt a more restricted definition, embracing most of Africa, Arabia, and the north-west part of the Indian subcontinent. See also floral province and floristic region.
Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry — Ecology and Conservation.