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The saxicolous Homalothecio-Neckeradelphetum menziesii new to western Turkey: phytosociology, ecology and life strategies

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A phytosociological analysis of the mountainous limestone areas in western Anatolia reveals a distinct saxicolous community, the Homalothecio sericei-Neckeradelphetum menziesii, first described from the Iberian Peninsula. It is typical for vertical or steep inclined, sheltered, humid, base-rich rocks, wooded cliff ledges, and limestone boulders in the shady understorey of the Pinus nigra forests and woodlands. The high constancy of Syntrichia handelii indicates a geographical East Mediterranean race, vicarious to the West Mediterranean stands.

The life form and life strategy analyses carried out reveal that the association is mainly composed of weft-, tail- and fan-forming 'passive' perennial shuttle species and perennial stayers, which are strong competitors under the humid and shady site conditions of the vertical cliffs. Cushion, short turf- and tall turf-forming 'generative' perennial stayers, as well as pauciennial colonists are subordinate and mostly invade from nearby xerophytic communities. They are, however, restricted to the sunny, less inclined rock faces.
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Keywords: ADAPTIVE TRAITS; ANATOLIA; BRYOSOCIOLOGY; LIFE FORMS; LIFE STRATEGIES; LIVERWORTS; MOSSES; SYNTAXONOMY

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 2008

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  • Nova Hedwigia is an international journal publishing original, peer-reviewed papers on current issues of taxonomy, morphology, ultrastructure and ecology of all groups of cryptogamic plants, including cyanophytes/cyanobacteria and fungi. The half-tone plates in Nova Hedwigia are known for their high quality, which makes them especially suitable for the reproduction of photomicrographs and scanning and transmission electron micrographs.
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