The mediterranean climate of australia and its impact on the structure and distribution of vegetation

Specht R.L. (1984) The mediterranean climate of australia and its impact on the structure and distribution of vegetation. Bulletin de la Societe Botanique de France. Actualites Botaniques, 131 2-4: 225-234. doi:10.1080/01811789.1984.10826663


Author Specht R.L.
Title The mediterranean climate of australia and its impact on the structure and distribution of vegetation
Journal name Bulletin de la Societe Botanique de France. Actualites Botaniques
ISSN 0181-1789
Publication date 1984-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/01811789.1984.10826663
Volume 131
Issue 2-4
Start page 225
End page 234
Total pages 10
Subject 1110 Nursing
Abstract The diagnostic feature of mediterranean ecosystems in Australia is of dominant trees and shrubs with an evergreen foliage, active physiologically throughout the dry summer season. Seasonal foliage, dead during summer, is characteristic of species in the ground stratum and on disturbed sites, on soils reasonably well supplied with plant nutrients. It is possible to estimate foliage projective cover, net photosynthesis, annual biomass increments, and increase in standing biomass in pyric succession, by computing growth models. The seasonal phenophases of vegetation and fauna are closely interrelated and can be predicted. There appears to be no sharp discontinuity either in community structure and growth or in floristic composition of mediterranean ecosystems and ecosystems in the summer rainfall zones of warm temperate and subtropical eastern Australia. This throws doubt on the reality of a unique mediterranean ecosystem.
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