Classification of Plant Communities

  • Robert H. Whittaker

Part of the Classification of Plant Communities book series (HAVS, volume 5-1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Robert H. Whittaker
    Pages 1-31
  3. John S. Beard
    Pages 33-64
  4. Robert H. Whittaker
    Pages 65-79
  5. Toomas E. A. Frey
    Pages 81-110
  6. Jan J. Barkman
    Pages 111-165
  7. Vera D. Aleksandrova
    Pages 167-200
  8. Hans Trass, Nils Malmer
    Pages 201-245
  9. David W. Goodall
    Pages 247-286
  10. Victor Westhoff, Eddy Van Der Maarel
    Pages 287-399
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 400-408

About this book


The natural communities of the world are diverse, and many schools of ecology have developed classifications of communities in partial independence of one another. There is consequently a vast and widely dispersed literature on the classification of plant and animal communities, comprising divergent approaches of different schools and representing a great experiment on the usefulness of different possibilities for classification. The editor sought in a re­ view monograph of 1962 to summarize these schools and their history, and in 1973 published a treatise on 'Ordination and Clas­ sification of Communities' as volume 5 of the Handbook of Vegetation Science. We were fortunate, in preparing the latter work, to have a truly international panel of authors to discuss different major ap­ proaches to classification. This second edition of the book of 1973 is intended to make the work more widely available in a less expensive form as companion volumes on ordination and on classification of plant communities.


Braun-Blanquet Vegetation forest plant

Editors and affiliations

  • Robert H. Whittaker
    • 1
  1. 1.Ecology and SystematicsCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1978
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-6193-566-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-9183-5
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