Plant Life of the Dolomites

Vegetation Structure and Ecology

  • Erika Pignatti
  • Sandro Pignatti

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxvii
  2. Erika Pignatti, Sandro Pignatti
    Pages 1-16
  3. The Human Habitat

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-18
    2. Erika Pignatti, Sandro Pignatti
      Pages 19-68
  4. Natural Forests and Meadows on the Valley Floor and in the Montane Habitat

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-70
    2. Erika Pignatti, Sandro Pignatti
      Pages 71-119
    3. Erika Pignatti, Sandro Pignatti
      Pages 121-155
  5. The Subalpine Habitat: The Coniferous Forest Belt

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 157-158
    2. Erika Pignatti, Sandro Pignatti
      Pages 159-214
    3. Erika Pignatti, Sandro Pignatti
      Pages 215-242
    4. Erika Pignatti, Sandro Pignatti
      Pages 243-269
  6. Alpine Vegetation on Granite, Porphyry, and Volcanic Rock

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 271-272
    2. Erika Pignatti, Sandro Pignatti
      Pages 273-314
  7. The Ascent Toward the Cliffs: The Screes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 315-317
    2. Erika Pignatti, Sandro Pignatti
      Pages 319-378
  8. Alpine Vegetation on Dolomite and Limestones

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 379-379
    2. Erika Pignatti, Sandro Pignatti
      Pages 381-434
    3. Erika Pignatti, Sandro Pignatti
      Pages 435-463
    4. Erika Pignatti, Sandro Pignatti
      Pages 465-481
    5. Erika Pignatti, Sandro Pignatti
      Pages 483-524

About this book

Introduction

The landscape and vegetation of the Dolomites have characteristics that are very particular. Some 2300 species live here, about a fifth of the flora in Europe as a whole. This book depicts what the plant cover of the Dolomites is composed of, how it was formed, and what future evolution may bring. The data presented is based on the authors’ combined botanical research, which consists of thousands of surveys throughout the entire region of the Dolomites.

To explain the vegetation, 106 plant communities are described in detailed datasheets. Biological, geological, climatic and physical-chemical parameters are given for each plant community, including a description of the habitat, the indicator species, the floristic composition, distribution, conservation, and alteration risks, as well as a distribution map and a photo of the association. The associations are grouped into habitats, such as the human habitat, natural forests and meadows on the valley floor, the coniferous forest belt, screes, alpine vegetation on granite, porphyry, and volcanic rock, as well as on dolomite and limestones. In closing, the authors make a case for using the scientific information provided in the book for the conservation of the Dolomites, the heritage of all humanity.

 

Additional in-depth analysis will be presented in the supplementary volumes “Plant Life of the Dolomites: Vegetation Tables” and “Plant Life of the Dolomites: Atlas of Flora.”

Keywords

Alpine habitats Alpine landscape Biodiversity Phytogeographical indicators Phytosociological classification Plant associations

Authors and affiliations

  • Erika Pignatti
    • 1
  • Sandro Pignatti
    • 2
  1. 1.RomeItaly
  2. 2.RomeItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-31043-0
  • Copyright Information Naturmuseum Südtirol 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-31042-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-31043-0
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