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Mapping Synusiae

  • Franco Pedrotti
Chapter
Part of the Geobotany Studies book series (GEOBOT)

Abstract

The term synusia (plural synusiae) is Latinized Greek and refers to groups of structurally and functionally similar plant species in a vegetation stand, such as all the spring-ephemeral geophytes in a nemoral forest. (The analog for animals is guilds.) Synusiae possess a double significance: structural, as a concrete part of a phytocoenosis, and adaptive or functional, since they unite species with similar adaptations. This means species that forage for resources in a similar manner through convergence in morphology, ecophysiology and phenology that have a comparable functional-ecological role) and that participate as common structural elements (Ivan 1979).

Keywords

Spatial Heterogeneity Physical Geography Flat Terrain Moss Species Small Rise 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Franco Pedrotti
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  1. 1.University of CamerinoCamerinoItaly

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