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Contributions to the ecology of halophytes

Volume 2 of the series Tasks for vegetation science pp 215-231

The role of bladders for salt removal in some Chenopodiaceae (mainly Atriplex species)

  • Ute SchirmerAffiliated withDepartment of Ecology, University of Bielefeld
  • , Siegmar-W. BreckleAffiliated withDepartment of Ecology, University of Bielefeld

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Abstract

Though there are numerous articles on halophytes there is still no conformity what a halophyte really is and how the difference to glycophytes may best be defined. According to Schimper (1935) halophytes are plants which complete their whole life cycle in saline habitats; usually there, soils are characterized by high NaCl levels and low osmotic potentials.