The Spanish biologist Eduardo de los Reyes Prósper (Valencia 1860 – Madrid 1921) performed a great job as a researcher of Spanish flora, traveled much of the country on foot, and had a very important contribution to the geographical botany of Spain.

In 1915, he published a book dedicated to His Majesty the King Alfonso XIII, initiator and protector of Spanish steppe studies. The book titled “Las estepas de España y su vegetación” (“Spanish Steppes and Their Vegetation”) complains about the unfair perception of sterility with which people considered lands in these regions; a perception that is largely the same today.

Presently, that same steppe habitat has been integrated into an agro-ecosystem that additionally serves as a shelter for the last populations of certain steppe bird species, such as the little bustard, great bustard, and the Eurasian stone-curlew, among others.

In this entry, we share the entire book of the steppes of Spain and their vegetation, suggesting the reading referring to the central steppe, which nowadays corresponds to the steppe of La Mancha.



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