Vegetatio

, Volume 48, Issue 2, pp 123–131 | Cite as

Dynamics ofOstrya carpinifolia woods in the Southern Alps (N-Italy)

  • D. Lausi
  • R. Gerdol
  • F. Piccoli
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Abstract

Forest regeneration in the vegetation complex of the submontane belt in the Southern Alps involves the active participation ofOstrya carpinifolia woods and their wood edge communities. The corresponding syndynamical processes are described by employing phytosociological, phytogeographical and ecological methods. It is concluded that:
  1. (i)

    The communities of the grassland-wood transition are of major importance in the successional developments in this man-made vegetation complex.

     
  2. (ii)

    Many species occurring in the region of the deciduous forests of Eurasia find their refuge in such transitional communities and are supposed to play an important part in the succession.

     
  3. (iii)

    Ostrya carpinifolia is considered as an early successional tree species.

     

Keywords

Ecology Fringe communities Numerical classification Ostrya carpinifolia woods Phytogeographic elements Phytosociology Southern Alps (N-Italy) Vegetation dynamics Wood edge communities 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Lausi
    • 1
  • R. Gerdol
    • 1
  • F. Piccoli
    • 2
  1. 1.Istituto ed Orto BotanicoUniversità di TriesteTriesteItaly
  2. 2.Istituto di BotanicaUniversità di FerraraFerraraItaly

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