From Big Medical Encyclopedia

FLORA (Latin Flora the Roman goddess of spring, flowers) — historically developed community of the plants extended in a certain territory.

The concept «flora» includes all species of plants of this area (the country, area) which are a part of all plant communitys, but in practice means only set of the highest more often (seed and pteridophytes) plants. T. the inferior or higher plants is considered independently and is called according to their systematic accessory (e.g., flora of mushrooms, algae-vegetation, flora of mosses, etc.). In medical practice use also the concepts «bacterial flora», «indestinal flora» combining the considered organisms which are in the symbiotic relations with an organism owner, i.e. an organism in (or on) Krom they live (see Symbiosis, With it an ion of m y).

See also Plants.

Bibliography: Kudryashov L In, and d river. Botany with fundamentals of ecology, page 290, M., 1979; Tolmachev A. I. Introduction to phytogeography, page 111, L - 197 4.

T. V. Veshchikova.