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Sabulicolous therophytic plant communities in the Mediterranean Region: a proposal of phytosociological synthesis

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Therophytic non nitrophilous communities growing on deep inland sandy soils and coastal dunes of the Mediterranean Region have been studied. We have summarised the current status of this type of vegetation, analysing the variability of described syntaxa, based on their floristic composition and geographic distribution. All available releve´s were arranged in a synthetic table and subjected to a correspondence analysis (DCA). Two orders (Malcolmietalia and Cutandietalia maritimae), 8 alliances and 52 associations were distinguished. A typological classification of these communities with ecological and biogeographical diagnoses is given.
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Keywords: CUTANDIETALIA; MALCOLMIETALIA; MARITIMAE; MULTIVARIATE ANALYSIS; PHYTOSOCIOLOGY; SYNTAXONOMY

Document Type: Forum Article

Publication date: 2003-06-01

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  • Phytocoenologia (ISSN 0340-269X) is an international, peer-reviewed journal of plant community ecology. It is devoted to vegetation survey and classification at any organizational and spatial scale and without restriction to certain methodological approaches. The journal publishes original papers that develop new vegetation typologies as well as applied studies that use such typologies, for example, in vegetation mapping, ecosystem modelling, nature conservation, land use management or monitoring. Particularly encouraged are methodological studies that design and compare tools for vegetation classification and mapping, such as algorithms, databases and nomenclatural principles. Papers dealing with conceptual and theoretical bases of vegetation survey and classification are also welcome. While large-scale studies are preferred, regional studies will be considered when filling important knowledge gaps or presenting new methods.

    Phytocoenologia was founded by Reinhold Tüxen in 1973 and is published in collaboration with the International Association for Vegetation Science (IAVS; www.iavs.org). The journal closely cooperates with various subgroups of IAVS and serves as publication outlet for their workshops as well as for selected sessions of the IAVS Symposia. It contains special sections on “Phytosociological Nomenclature” and “Ecoinformatics”. Guest-edited Special Features that fall within the scope of the journal are also published.

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