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Definition and Classification of Halophytes

  • Marius-Nicușor Grigore
  • Constantin Toma
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Abstract

At this moment, there is a plethora of definitions that are attributed to halophytes; due to their taxonomical and ecological complexity, there is no consensus on a unique definition of a halophyte. This chapter summarizes interesting definitions and classifications of halophytes—many of them less known to the large mass of readers. These are grouped around major conceptual approaches, such as: halophytes and glycophytes, and obligatory halophytes. Special attention is given to ecological definitions that can contribute to a better and natural understanding of halophytes-saline environments interrelationships.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marius-Nicușor Grigore
    • 1
  • Constantin Toma
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of BiologyAlexandru Ioan Cuza UniversityIasiRomania
  2. 2.Faculty of Biology, Plant Anatomy & Ecology LaboratoryAlexandru Ioan Cuza UniversityIasiRomania

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