Original paper

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

Kürschner, Harald; Erdağ, Adnan

Nova Hedwigia Band 87 Heft 1-2 (2008), p. 97 - 112

published: Aug 1, 2008

DOI: 10.1127/0029-5035/2008/0087-0097

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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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