Russian Journal of Ecology

, Volume 49, Issue 1, pp 47–52 | Cite as

The Impact of Succession Stage on Share and Traits of Clonal Plants in Abandoned Molinion caeruleae Meadows

  • Kinga Kostrakiewicz-Gierałt


The impact of succession stage on the share of clonal plants in the plant cover, seed rain and seedling pool has been studied in the years 2014 and 2015. The investigations were carried out in abandoned Molinion caeruleae meadows dominated by small-statured species (Patch I), tall growing large-tussock grasses (Patch II) and shrub-willows (Patch III). Although the clonal taxa dominated in the plant cover, seed rain and seedling pool, their share in subsequent study sites was quite different. The spectra of life-history traits relevant to clonality in the plant cover and seed rain were similar and did not vary significantly among subsequent locations, while they mostly differed as observed in the seedling pool. The various spectra observed in seedling pool in subsequent study sites might be due to fact that the seed germination and recruitment of offspring are strongly influenced by habitat conditions which varied remarkably in the successive Patches.


gaps plant cover CLO-PLA database seed rain seedling pool 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Plant Ecology, Institute of BotanyJagiellonian UniversityKrakówPoland

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