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Tendencias biogeograficas de flora endemica y subendemica en el oeste de la Peninsula Iberica bajo escenarios de cambio climatico futuro.

Biogeographic trends of endemic and subendemic flora in the western Iberian Peninsula under scenarios of future climate change


Biogeographic behaviours of several genera and species have been previously reported for the Iberian Peninsula (OLALDE & al., 2002; PETIT & al, 2002; VARGAS, 2003; MEJIAS & al, 2007; PARDO & al., 2008; GUZMAN & VARGAS, 2009; CRESPI & al., 2007; ROCHA & al., 2012a; ROCHA & al., 2012b; ALMEIDA DA SILVA & al., 2014). Based on these descriptions, two distinct dynamics were identified for the western Iberian Peninsula: one along the northern mountains system, and another closer to the southern coast. Endemic and non-endemic taxa, have been used in these biogeographic descriptions. Yet, endemic taxa are much more reliable descriptors of such dynamics. In this sense, the hypothesis of centres of endemicity being areas of special evolutionary history, brings important implications for biogeographic performances (JETZ & al., 2004). The most obvious refers to bioenvironmental restrictions, saying that endemic species with restricted distributions will also respond to limited environmental amplitudes (KRUCKEBERG & RABINOWITZ, 1985). In this context, arises the question: could the environmental characterizations of those areas be a proper approach to explain the biogeographic dynamics at a regional scale? Accepting the hypothesis aforementioned the mapping of areas of intense evolutionary activity, can well translate endemic biogeographic trends, and can be extremely useful to describe recent floristic dynamics at a regional level (YOUNG & al., 2002; CALSBEEK & al, 2003; HOPPER & GIOIA, 2004).

The floristic distribution through the western Iberian Peninsula has been studied and analysed by several authors for different species or genera (TABERLET & al., 1998; HEWITT, 1999; PETIT & al, 2002; PENUELAS & BOADA, 2003; MEJIAS & al., 2007; PARDO & al., 2008; GUZMAN & VARGAS, 2009; ROCHA & al., 2012a). Conservational concerns (FERRIER & al., 2002; ENGLER & al., 2004; THUILLER & al., 2005; RODRIGUEZ & al., 2007; BENITO & al, 2009; ROCHA & al, 2012b) and taxa sensitivity to climate change (WOHLGEMUTH 1998; GUISAN & THEURILLAT, 2000; SANZ-ELORZA, 2003; ELITH & al., 2006; HARRISON & al., 2006; BENITO GARZON & al. 2007; HERNANDEZ-SANTANA & al., 2008; RUIZ-LABOURDETTE & al., 2012) were the main reasons for preferentially using endemic species in these contributions.

Based on the higher sensibility of endemic taxa to environmental changes, an approach to future dynamic flows of this flora under climate change scenarios is here proposed. A set of endemic taxa with different life forms and known biogeographic distributions (and thus different sensitivities to climate change) were selected. The general requirement was their Iberian endemicity (some included taxa also occur in the south-western France and in north-western Morocco).

A Species Distribution Model (SDM) was applied to describe the spatial relationship between the species and their overall environmental variability in the geographic area (Guisan & Thuiller, 2005; Elith & Leathwick, 2009). After the environmental characterization of these endemisms, grouped environmentally, a forecasting analysis was developed under two predicted future scenarios of climate change, would allow a dynamic picture of these environmental groups of species to be obtained. The results achieved will be a contribution to describe the biogeographic floristic dynamics of the flora of the western Iberian Peninsula. At the same time, they will also be useful to consolidate the management conservation policies for rare or more restricted flora in western Iberian Peninsula.



The criterion used to limit the study area, was based on the general geomorphology of the Iberian Peninsula acording to RIVAS-MARTINEZ (1987) and RIVAS-MARTINEZ & RIVAS-SAENZ (2009), the Carpetan -Iberian-Leonese province has a natural border that separates the north from the south by the Central Mountains System. The southern area was defined by the Gado-Algarvian province.

The study area was refined taking in account the capacity for grouping taxa and the speciation described for the south-western side of the Iberian Peninsula and north-western Morocco. This effect was already pointed out by several authors for other taxa (PARDO & al., 2008; GUZMAN & VARGAS, 2009; ROCHA & al., 2012a; ALMEIDA DA SILVA & al., 2014). A western biogeographic dynamics, limited by the biological Almerian and Iberian System border (HERNANDEZ BERMEJO & SAINZ OLLERO, 1984), could explain the expansion of the floristic cast along the western part of Europe, from the Tanger-Cadiz-Algarve bay.

In order to obtain a significant resolution of the potential areas and their modelling (AUSTIN, 2007), it was used a species selection system that would allow to maintain the balance between the north and south quadrants, based on general and regional floras (AMARAL FRANCO, 1971, 1984; AMARAL FRANCO & ROCHA AFONSO, 1994, 1998, 2003;; VALDES & al., 1987; BLANCA & al, 2011).

Although there is no clear relation between threatened species and the fact a species being endemic (according IUCN criteria, 2012), to obtain the final list of taxa included in this work, the official threatened plant lists published for the Spanish --communities of Asturias, Castilla-Leon, Extremadura and Andalusia ( /legislacion.php?id_categoria=8) --were consulted. For Portugal, there is still no list of threatened species officially published (with the exception of the ones included in the Directive 92/43/CEE). Some unpublished data of field prospections, was also analysed.

With this information, 116 taxa were selected (see Table 1), based on three main criteria: a) species with a preferential distribution in the selected area; b) proportionality in the distribution along this area should be maintained (a similar number of species in its middle northern and southern part); and c) diversity of life forms.

To map their distributions occurrences were geo-referenced using a 1 [km.sup.2] grid resolution (according to the pixel resolution of the environmental variables data), as recommended by Gutierrez & Pons (2006).

The locations of the species in the field, were obtained from several herbaria (67% of the gathered information) possessing data form specimens of the Western Iberian Peninsula (BRESA, coi, hvr, leb, lise, lisi, lisu, ma, po, SALA-- Complementary information was taken from field expeditions and the Anthos database ( for areas without other available references. The life forms classification was carried out using Raunkier's tipification, adapted from BRAUN-BLANQUET (1979).


Based on the occurrence of the species, an environmental assesment was made, using 68 environmental variables found in WORLDCLIM (http: //, and the thermic and pluviometric WORLDCLIM application for their analysis (

The achieved environmental matrix, in which the thermic, pluviometric and altitudinal information was specified for each location, was also applied for similar characterizations (ROCHA & al., 2012a; ROCHA & al., 2012b; ALMEIDA DA SILVA & al., 2014). A similarity analysis (Unweight Pair Group Average -UPGA- amalgamation and Manhattan City-block distances) was applied to establish environmentally similar groups. The obtained groups of species, were characterized statistically by multivariate analysis, after a previous standardization of the environmental matrix. These groups were decisive for describing the biogeographic behaviour of the selected taxa.

The most discriminating environmental variables were obtained by Discriminate Canonical Analysis (DCA), and its numerical parameters: the F statistic (F-remove) and p-levels to describe the distribution of the variable, Wilk's Lambda as the test to explain variance between variables, and tolerance (in this case, the squared multiple correlation). Finally, the representation of ranges by environmental variables and group of species, was represented by mean [+ o -] standard deviation/mean [+ o -] 1.96 standard deviation plots. The STATISTICA v. 9.1 software was applied for these analyses and graphic representations.

The potential habitat distribution areas and previsions for environmental groups and subgroups, were obtained with the MAXENT software, v. 3.3.3e ( ~schapire/maxent/). MAXENT estimates the distribution probability of a species occurrence, based on environmental constraints (PHILLIPS & al, 2006). It only requires the data of the species presence, and the environmental variables in GIS layers, for the study area. The MAXENT software was used to estimate the probability of a potentially suitable habitat for species occurrence, varying from 0 to 1, where 0 is the lowest and 1 the highest probability.

The modelling approach was validated based on the probability that locations with a confirmed presence of the species, ranked higher than a random background probability, also with a characteristic receiver-operating (ROC) plot (FIELDING & BELL 1997), and an area under the curve (AUC) approach (PHILLIPS & al. 2006). Locations with a random background probability served as pseudo-absences for all analyses in MAXENT (PHILLIPS & al, 2004; PHILLIPS & al, 2006).

The MAXENT jack-knife approach was used for assessing the importance of the variable (YOST & al., 2008). The training gain was calculated for each variable as well as the drop in training gain when the variable was omitted from the full model (Phillips & al., 2006).

For all models, the following parameters were used: 10 repetitions with cross-validation, standard regularization multiplier (affects how focused or closely-fitted the output distribution is), 500 iterations (for further details on these parameters, see PHILLIPS (2010) and a threeshold of 0.5, meaning that only suitable habitat areas ranking higher than 0.5 of probability of occurrence were chosen - to describe the most significant distribution areas. The output obtained (in ASCII format) was then used as input for a GIS project (ArcGIS software version 9.2 - ESRI, Redlands, California, USA) as a floating-point grid (Peterson & al. 2007), revealing the probability of the occurrence of the species at each site and resulting in a continuous map.


The climate predictors were derived from a general circulation model (CCCMA: CGCM2) for 2080, under the IPCC emission scenarios (SRES; A2a and B2a) for predicting future potential distribution areas (; Ramirez & Jarvis, 2008). The scenarios A2a and B2a represent two different possible situations of greenhouse gas emissions. In comparison with A2a, B2a has a lower rate of global warming, and hence changes in temperature and precipitation are less intense ( /climate-change/future-trends).

In order to confirm the previsions per environmental group, potential distribution areas and previsions for both future scenarios were also elaborated for each species individually. This approach was necessary to confirm the result obtained for every environmental group, based on the variability of information included in each group.



The map detailing the present known distribution of taxa is shown in Figure 1 (for 2983 confirmed locations). A total 40% of the studied species were concentrated in the north, 40% in the south, 4% just in the center, and the remaining 16% along the area.

The similarity analysis on the environmental matrix is shown in the dendrogram of Figure 2a. Three basic groups were primarily observed: groups 1, 2 and 3. The first one is subdivided in three subgroups: group 1a, 1b, and 1c. This classification is deduced according to the CDA for the environmental matrix, for the most discriminant classification (the highest F, highest Wilks' lambda, and lowest p-value) deduced from the dendrogram obtained from the similarity analysis. The CDA for the environmental matrix classified into five environmental groups (included here the three subdivisions of group 1) is graphically represented in Figure 2b. Altitude (F=11.857, p-level<0.001) and precipitation seasonality (bio 05, F=10.350, p-level<0.001) are the most discriminant environmental variables to distinguish those five groups (Table 2). This last environmental variable describes the variability of average precipitation among seasons along the year (coefficient of variation between seasons).

The potential distribution map for the environmental groups is exposed in Figure 3. The concentration of habitats suitable for harbouring the environmental groups is clearly different for group 1 and 2, but regionally overlapped in the north-eastern. The potential environmental distribution for group 1 (subgroups 1a, 1b and 1c) is concentrated in the northern of the area, for group 2 is extended along the whole area (at low altitude). The potential occurrence of group 3 is also located in the northern area, but at the highest altitudes of the Cantabrian mountain system.

In the case of group 1, the three potential distributions of subgroups 1a, 1b and 1c are evidently distinguished. Potential occurrence for subgroup 1a is along the coast and at low altitudes of north-western and north; subgroup 1b is restricted to the occident of the lusitanian-gallaecian mountain system; and subgroup 1c is more concentrated in the most continental side of the north-western and northern of the area.

The life form description of each environmental group and subgroup is exposed in Table 3. In terms of life forms, 9% were therophytes, 23% hemicryptophytes, 6% geophytes, 42% chamaephytes, 14% nanophanerophytes, 3% microphanerophytes, and 3% helophytes.




Group 2 and subgroup 1c are the most diverse in terms of life forms. In contrast, the rest of the environmental groups are extremely restricted: biannual (hemicriptophytes) or perennial herbaceous (geophytes and chamaephytes), or small shrubs (nanophanerophytes) are the only forms observed. These results could be associated with the environmental variability obtained for groups 2 and 1c, both of them very similar about their altitudinal ranges (Figure 4).


Projections of potential distributions for environmental groups 2, for both 2080 scenarios, show an evident shift towards the northern part of the Iberian Peninsula (Figure 5). Groups 3 and 1, with subgroups 1a, 1b, and 1c, reflect significant decreases or even extinctions (group 3 for both scenarios, and subgroup 1b for the A2a scenario) in the potential habitat distributions.


The current thermic and pluviometric characterization per envionmental group is explained in Table 4. Group 3 and subgroups 1a and 1c are clearly cooler than group 2 or subgroup 1b. This circumstance is maintained for the future climatic change scenarios A2a and B2a, where an increasing of 3[grados]-4[grados]C and a decreasing in 20% for annual precipitation are confirmed for all the environmental groups. These results are in accordance with previous previsions for Mediterranean areas (Loarie & al., 2009).

The surfaces occupied by the groups in the future scenarios are also very explicit (Table 5). Group 3 and subgroup 1b will disappear (A2a) or reduce severally their surfaces (B2a). For the other groups substantial decreases are verified. The largest group (group 2) is the most resistant, keeping extensive areas in both scenarios.

The individual analysis of every species (for the current climatic conditions and for the future scenarios) is also exposed in Table 5. With the exception of groups 1c and 2-where the areas previewed in both scenarios are much higher than those previewed as a group (subgroup 1c), or with opposite results (group 2)-, the other environmental groups show similar behaviors. The cases of groups 1c and 2 could be explained by their environmental variability. In fact, the potential areas deduced for both, are significantly higher than for the others (1a, 1b and 3). This issue will force the subdivision of groups 1c and 2, in order to obtain a better description for future scenarios.

The significance of the changes observed for the potential distribution per environmental group and subgroup, in both climate change scenarios, analysed by a CDA (Figure 6a-c), shows that the highest average temperature in July (tmax7) exposes the most important variations between the current and the future conditions. These variations are more relevant for the group 3 and the subgroups 1, than for the group 2.


Several authors have discussed an expected northward displacement of the flora in result of future climate changes (HUNTLEY & al., 1995; COMES & KADEREIT, 1998; PUIG DE FABREGAS & MENDIZABAL, 1998; WALTHER, 2003; JUMP & al., 2006a, b; BENITO GARZON & al, 2008; RODRIGUEZ SANCHEZ & ARROYO, 2008; ROCHA & al., 2012b). Several modelling approaches have been elaborated, with different ecological and geographic ranges for species (GUISAN & THEURILLAT, 2000; al. & al, 2003; ENGLER & al, 2004; RANDIN & al., 2006; RUIZ-LABOURDETTE & al., 2012). Yet, all the mentioned cases, the modelling was applied individually by taxon, and not to sets of taxa. However, contributions using groups of species with similar ecological amplitudes (TERBRAAK & GREMMEN, 1987) or sets of endemic species with different life forms (BROENNIMANN & al., 2006), have reported promising results.

Three different types of behaviours were found: two of them are represented by potential distributions on the northern (groups 1 and 3), and one along the analysed area (group 2). In group 1, three behaviours are distinguished for the northern potential habitats of the group 1, one of them is restricted to potential habitats along the coast (subgroup 1a), a second one for the most occidental mountains (subgroup 1b), and the third group describes dryer and continental potential habitats (subgroup 1c).

Traditionally, the areas where the studied species are concentrated (both in the north and in the southern biogeographic area) have been referred as biological refugia (MEDAIL & QUEZEL, 1997; MORENO SAIZ & SAINZ OLLERO, 1997; MORENO SAIZ & al, 1998; LOBO & al, 2001; GIMENEZ & al, 2004).

These results help to understand the gene flow proposed by several authors for the western Iberian Peninsula (TABERLET & al., 1998; OLALDE & al, 2002; PETIT & al, 2002; VARGAS, 2003; MEJIAS & al, 2007; PARDO & al, 2008; GUZMAN & VARGAS, 2009; ROCHA & al, 2012a), and to explain the significant geographic environmental connectivity along the western of the Iberian Peninsula (group 2 and subgroup 1c). The high concentration of endemic species in northwestern Iberian Peninsula is explained by the presence of distinct potential habitats for mountains (group 3 and subgroup 1b) and north coast (subgroup 1a). On the contrary the high environmental variability for groups 1c and 2 with significant divergences between grouping and specific predictions will demand more subdivisons. Additionally, the rapid response of all the environmental groups to climate changes indicates an extremely thermic and pluviometric dynamic. This rapid response could reflect a very active gene flow, possibly as a result of the characteristic intense climatic variability prevailing since the late Pliocene (OLDFIELD, 2005; TZEDAKIS, 2007). These relevant changes have determined the migration of individuals across western Europe (HEWITT, 1996; TABERLET & al., 1998). Advances and setbacks, the access to different altitudinal levels, and the contact between different types of biogeographic behavior have been the main consequences of this intensive biogeographic dynamic (GUTIERREZ LARENA & al., 2002; Hewitt, 2004; FRAJMAN & OXELMAN, 2007; MEDAIL & DIADEMA, 2009). In this sense, the peninsular geomorphological variability has acted as an extremely important distributing regulator in this biological process (SWANSON & al., 1988; STALLINS, 2006). This dynamic biological and environmental correlation is now involved in the refugee discussion (MEDAIL & DIADEMA, 2009; GOMEZ & LUNT, 2007; NIETO FELINER, 2011, 2014). The lack of thermic and pluviometric stability introduces the possibility of dynamic refugia, in contrast with the static idea of environmental areas where species will find their potential habitat. In accordance with this discussion, the endemic species especially those with more restricted ecological amplitudes, will be biological indicators of this process.



The results obtained for future climatic change scenarios show alarming thermic and pluviometric forecasts for the preservation of species. Special attention must be considered for the mountain groups (group 3 and subgroup 1b), and north Atlantic potential habitats, seriously threaten. Results such as those discussed here draw attention to the importance of monitoring policies, to guarantee the preservation of the species with occurrence in the most sensitive environmental groups and subgroups.

In the present work the groups, obtained by similarity of thermic, pluviometric and altitudinal amplitudes of endemic and restricted subendemic species contribute to describe the biogeographic floristic dynamics of the flora of the western Iberian Peninsula. To know the geographic dynamic of these environmental groups under future climate changes, will also be very useful for conservation purposes, or even to understand and explain quaternary phylogenetic routes (Comes & Kadereit, 1998; Taberlet & al, 1998; Olalde & al, 2002; Vargas, 2003).


The diversity of environmental groups and subgroups, which are significantly different on the western Iberian Peninsula, reflects the potential habitat complexity of this region. Anyway, the continuity along these environmental clusters of potential habitats along the study area is guaranteed by the groups and subgroups detected. In this sense, restricted and broader environmental amplitudes are obtained for these environmental subgroups.

A very dynamic biogeographic behavior is deduced by these environmental groups and subgroups when exposed to future climate changes scenarios. A trend to north of the area, as well as important transformations in the potential habitat areas and the elimination of some of them, are the most relevant consequences of this forecast. These results allowed to understand the recent gene flow across this area described by several authors, but at the same time the environmental groups here described seem useful biological indicators for recent biogeographic trends in western Iberian Peninsula.

doi: 10.5209/rev_LAZA.2014.v35.44196

Received: 29 January 2014

Accepted: 23 October 2014


Joao Rocha thanks FCT for a grant (SFRH/ BD/43167/ 2008). The authors would like to express their gratitude to Professor Joao Honrado (Department of Biology, Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto) for his important contribution. They also want to thank to two anonymous reviewers for the comments made to the manuscript.


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Joao Rocha (*), Rubim Almeida da Silva (*), Francisco Amich (**), Alvaro Martins (***), Paulo Almeida (***), Jose T. Aranha (****), Isabel Garcia-Cabral (***), Monica Martins (***), Carlos Castro (*****)

* Department of Biology, CIBIO/UP--Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources & Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto, Edificio FC4, Rua do Campo Alegre, S/N, 4169-007 Porto. Portugal.

** Evolution, Taxonomy and Conservation Group (ECOMED), Department of Botany, University of Salamanca, E-37008 Salamanca. Spain. Email:

*** Department of Biology and Environment-CITAB, Botanical Garden and Herbarium, University of Tras-os-Montes e Alto Douro, 5001-801 Vila Real. Portugal.

**** Department of Forest and Landscape-CITAB, University of Tras-os-Montes e Alto Douro, 5001-801 Vila Real. Portugal.

***** Department of Agronomy-CITAB, University of Tras-os-Montes e Alto Douro, 5001-801 Vila Real. Portugal.
Table 1

List of analyzed species, their general distributions in
the study area (Dist: northern, N; southern, S), life forms
(according to Raunkier classification), and environmental
group where they were included.

Species                      Dist   Life forms            Environ.

Aconitum napellus subsp.     C      Geophyte              1C
Adenocarpus argyrophyllus    C      Microphanerophyte     1C
Adenocarpus telonensis       S      Nanophanerophyte      2
Allium schmitzii             NS     Helophyte             2
Allium victorialis           N      Geophyte              1C
Anarrhinum duriminium        N      Chamaephyte           2
Anarrhinum                   N      Hemicriptophyte       1A
Anthemis alpestris           N      Chamaephyte           1C
Antirrhinum cirrhigerum      S      Chamaephyte           2
Antirrhinum linkianum        NS     Chamaephyte           2
Anthyllis vulneraria         N      Chamaephyte           1A
  subsp. iberica
Anthyllis vulneraria         NS     Chamaephyte           2
  subsp. sampaiana
Arabis juresii               N      Hemicriptophyte       1C
Arenaria querioides          N      Terophyte             1C
Armeria humilis subsp.       N      Chamaephyte           1B
Armeria humilis subsp.       N      Chamaephyte           1B
Armeria linkiana             S      Hemicriptophyte       20
Armeria velutina             S      Chamaephyte           2
Aster aragonensis            N      Hemicriptophyte       1C
Bufonia macropetala          NS     Chamaephyte           1C
Calendula suffruticosa       NS     Chamaephyte           2
  subsp. Lusitanica
Calicotome villosa           S      Nanophanerophyte      2
Carex asturica               N      Geophyte              1B
Cistus libanotis             S      Nanophanerophyte      2
Cytisus arboreus subsp.      S      Microphanerophyte     2
Cytisus grandiflorus         S      Nanophanerophyte      2
  subsp. Cabezudoi
Dianthus langeanus           N      Chamaephyte           1C
Digitalis purpurea subsp.    N      Hemicryptophyte       2
Diplotaxis siifolia subsp.   S      Terophyte             2
Drosophyllum lusitanicum     NS     Geophyte              2
Echinospartum ibericum       N      Nanophanerophyte      1C
Elaeoselinum foetidum        S      Hemicryptophyte       2
Erica lusitanica             NS     Nanophanerophyte      2
Erophaca baetica             NS     Hemicryptophyte       2
Erysimum merxmuelleri        S      Chamaephyte           1C
Euphorbiapolygalifolia       N      Chamaephyte           1C
  subsp. polygalifolia
Euphorbia uliginosa          N      Chamaephyte           2
Festuca duriotagana          NS     Hemicryptophyte       2
Festuca summilusitana        N      Hemicriptophyte       1B
Galega cirujanoi             C      Hemicriptophyte       2
Galium glaucum subsp.        N      Hemicriptophyte       2
Genista ancistrocarpa        N      Nanophanerophyte      2
Genista berberidea           N      Nanophanerophyte      1A
Genista carpetana            N      Chamaephyte           1C
Genista hystrix              N      Nanophanerophyte      1C
Genista micrantha            N      Chamaephyte           1C
Genista polyanthos           S      Nanophanerophyte      2
Genista sanabrensis          N      Nanophanerophyte      3
Genista tournefortii         NS     Chamaephyte           1C
Genista triacanthos          NS     Nanophanerophyte      2
Halimium calycinum           S      Chamaephyte           2
Halimium umbellatum subsp.   N      Chamaephyte           1C
Holcus annus subsp.          N      Terophyte             2
Holcus gayanus               N      Terophyte             1C
Hyacinthoides mauritanica    S      Geophyte              2
Hymenostemma pseudanthemis   S      Terophyte             2
Iberisprocumbens subsp.      S      Chamaephyte           2
Jasione cavanillesii         N      Chamaephyte           3
Jasione crispa subsp.        C      Chamaephyte           2
Juncus emmanuelis            S      Helophyte             2
Lavandula viridis            S      Chamaephyte           2
Limonium algarvense          S      Hemicryptophyte       2
Limonium ovalifolium         S      Chamaephyte           2
Loeflingia baetica           S      Terophyte             2
Malva hispanica              S      Chamaephyte           2
Marsilea batardae            S      Helophyte             2
Mercurialis reverchonii      S      Chamaephyte           2
Narcissus asturiensis        N      Geophyte              1B
Nothobartsia asperrima       NS     Chamaephyte           2
Ononis broteriana            NS     Terophyte             2
Ononis cintrana              S      Terophyte             2
Otospermum glabrum           S      Terophyte             2
Paradisea lusitanica         N      Geophyte              1C
Pistorinia hispanica         NS     Terophyte             1C
Plantago monosperma          N      Chamaephyte           1C
  subsp. Discolor
Polygala baetica             S      Chamaephyte           2
Rhododendrum ponticum        NS     Microphanerophyte     2
  subsp. Baeticum
Rhynchospora modesti         S      Chamaephyte           2
Santolina semidentata        N      Chamaephyte           1C
Scrophularia sambucifolia    S      Hemicriptophyte       2
Scrophularia sublyrata       NS     Hemicriptophyte       2
Selinum broteri              N      Hemicriptophyte       1C
Sempervivum vicentei         N      Chamaephyte           3
Sideritis arborescens        S      Chamaephyte           2
Sideritis lurida             NS     Chamaephyte           1C
Silene acutifolia            N      Hemicriptophyte       1B
Silene coutinhoi             N      Hemicriptophyte       2
Silene longicilia            NS     Hemicriptophyte       2
Silene mariana               S      Terophyte             2
Silene marizii               N      Hemicriptophyte       1C
Spergula viscosa             N      Chamaephyte           3
Stauracanthus genistoides    S      Nanophanerophyte      2
Succisella microcephala      C      Chamaephyte           1C
Teucrium algarbiense         S      Chamaephyte           2
Teucrium salviastrum         N      Chamaephyte           1B
Thapsia minor                NS     Hemicriptophyte       2
Thapsia nitida               S      Hemicriptophyte       2
Thapsia transtagana          S      Hemicriptophyte       2
Thymelaea broteriana         N      Chamaephyte           1C
Thymelaea lanuginosa         S      Nanophanerophyte      2
Thymus albicans              S      Chamaephyte           2
Thymus carnosus              S      Chamaephyte           2
Thymus villosus              S      Chamaephyte           2
  subsp. Lusitanicus
Thymus zygis subsp.          S      Chamaephyte           2
Thymus villosus subsp.       S      Chamaephyte           2
Thymus zygis subsp.          N      Chamaephyte           1C
Ulex argenteus               S      Nanophanerophyte      2
Ulex erinacenus              S      Chamaephyte           2
Ulex micranthus              N      Nanophanerophyte      1A
Verbascum barnadesii         S      Hemicriptophyte       2
Verbascum litigiosum         S      Hemicriptophyte       2
Verbascum giganteum          S      Hemicriptophyte       2
  subsp. Martinezii
Veronica mampodrensis        N      Chamaephyte           3
Veronica micrantha           N      Chamaephyte           1C
Viola langeana               N      Hemicriptophyte       1C
Xolantha globulariifolia     N      Hemicriptophyte       1C

Table 2

Numerical values of CDA for the environmental matrix.
Altitude (F=11.857, p-level<0.001) and precipitation
seasonality (bio 5, F=10.350, p-level<0.001) are the
most discriminant environmental variables.

            Wilks'    F-remove   p-level     Toler.
            Lambda     (4,51)

altitude   0,030243   10,21554   0,000004   0,409161
prec4      0,026711   7,53363    0,000076   0,099515
prec1      0,028414   8,82649    0,000017   0,066694
bio 5      0,030666   10,53671   0,000003   0,159397
tmin7      0,024746   6,04113    0,000466   0,186567

Table 3

Percentages of life forms per environmental group (Tero,
terophytes; Hemi, hemicriptophyte; Geop, geophytes;
Helo, helophytes; Cham, chamaephytes; Nano,
nanopharerophytes; Micr, microphanerophytes).

           Tero    Hemi    Geop    Helo   Cham    Nano    Micr

Group 1a   0       3,7     0       0      2,04    12,5    0
Group 1b   0       7,41    28,57   0      6,12    0       0
Group 1c   27,27   22,22   42,86   0      32,65   12,5    33,33
Group 2    72,73   66,67   28,57   100    51,02   68,75   66,67
Group 3    0       0       0       0      8,16    6,25    0

Table 4

Thermic and pluviometric values for the current
situation and for the climate scenarios analysed
(A2a and B2a) in 2080, based on the annual average
precipitation (P), annual lowest temperature (tmin)
and annual highest temperature (tmax), per
environmental group.


Groups    P (mm)    tmin          tmax
                    ([grados]C)   ([grados]C)

1a        87        1             11
1b        88        10            18
1c        120       6             15
3         70        6             16
2         55        11            21

          2080 A2a

Groups    P (mm)   tmin          tmax
                   ([grados]C)   ([grados]C)

1a        69       4             15
1b        73       12            21
1c        98       9             18
3         56       9             20
2         43       14            24

          2080 B2a

Groups    P (mm)   tmin          tmax
                   ([grados]C)   ([grados]C)

1a        80       3             14
1b        83       12            20
1c        113      8             17
3         65       8             19
2         49       13            23

Table 5

Potential areas of the bioclimatic groups ([Km.sup.2]),
under the current climatic conditions and for both future
climate scenarios (A2 and B2). Surfaces were also
calculated based on the species distributions of
each group (with *).

             Group 1a   Group 1b   Group 1c   Group 2   Group 3

Current      20495      7234       116460     139247    4251
2080 A2a     2031       0          9021       72502     0
2080 B2a     16050      703        50087      91485     62
2080 A2a *   595        1321       72291      76996     0
2080 B2a *   5245       4624       86972      69256     517
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