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The Piz Linard (3411 m), the Grisons, Switzerland — Europe’s Oldest Mountain Vegetation Study Site

  • H. Pauli
  • M. Gottfried
  • G. Grabherr
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 167)

Abstract

There are over 100 high summits in the Alps for which historical (>40 years) records on vascular plant species richness exist. The earliest summit record is from Piz Linard, a nival summit of 3411 m a.s.l. in SE Switzerland, from the year 1835 (Herr 1866). The majority of these summits exceed 3000 m, reaching the subnival belt above the closed alpine grassland, or the nival belt above the climatic snow line. A comparison of early (Braun-Blanquet 1957, 1955) and recent (Hofer 1992; Gottfried et al. 1994; Grabherr et al. 1994, 1995, 2001; Pauli et al. 1996) re-investigations provided evidence for an upward migration of vascular plants on many of these summits.

Keywords

Species Richness Vascular Plant Species Alpine Plant Alpine Grassland Summit Area 
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  • H. Pauli
  • M. Gottfried
  • G. Grabherr

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