British Plant Communities, Volume 2

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 30, 1998 - Science - 640 pages
British Plant Communities is the first systematic and comprehensive account of natural vegetation types of Great Britain. It covers all natural, semi-natural and major artificial habitats in Great Britain (excluding Northern Ireland), representing the fruits of fifteen years research by leading plant ecologists. Over 250 plant communities are described in the five volumes, with summaries of their vascular plants, bryophytes and lichens. There are full details in the text of the composition and structure of the vegetation, its relationships to habitat factors and its occurence in characteristic spatial patterns and successions. Numerous maps show the distribution of the communities through Britain and all the vegetation types are related to their closest equivalents in mainland Europe. For each major group of communities an introduction outlines the range of floristic variation and relates it to important environmental influences. A key provides the reader with a means of identifying vegetation types encountered in the field. There are indices to the communities and to their existing synonyms, and to all the plant species encountered in the survey. An extensive bibliography gives full details of the numerous literature references cited. British Plant Communities breaks new ground in wedding traditional Continental phytosociology with the deep concern in Britain to understand how vegetation works. It is intended as a working tool, offering a reliable framework for a wide variety of teaching, research, and management activities in ecology, conservation, and land use planning.
 

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Contents

The scope and methods of data collection
4
INTRODUCTION TO MIRES
17
Sedge and Schoenusdominated rich fens
24
M11 Carex demissaSaxifraga aizoides mire
25
KEY TO MIRES
31
Sphagnum auriculatum bog pool community
46
M3 Eriophorum angustifolium bog pool community
56
M6 Carex echinataSphagnum recurvum auriculatum mire
66
M27 Filipendula ulmariaAngelica sylvestris mire
291
M28 Iris pseudacorusFilipendula ulmaria mire
302
M29 Hypericum elodesPotamogeton polygonifolius soakway
310
M31 Anthelia julaceaSphagnum auriculatum spring
316
M33 Pohlia wahlenbergii var glacialis spring
326
M36 Lowland springs and streambanks of shaded situations
334
M38 Cratoneuron commutatumCarex nigra spring
340
INTRODUCTION TO HEATHS
347

M7 Carex curtaSphagnum russowii mire
78
M8 Carex rostrataSphagnum warnstorfii mire
84
M10 Carex dioicaPinguicula vulgaris mire
97
M13 Schoenus nigricansJuncus subnodulosus mire
128
M14 Schoenus nigricansNarthecium ossifragum mire
140
M16 Erica tetralixSphagnum compactum wet heath
158
M17 Scirpus cespitosusEriophorum vaginatum blanket mire
171
M18 Erica tetralixSphagnum papillosum raised and blanket mire
183
M19 Calluna vulgarisEriophorum vaginatum blanket mire
195
M20 Eriophorum vaginatum blanket and raised mire
212
M21 Narthecium ossifragumSphagnum papillosum valley mire
219
M22 Juncus subnodulosusCirsium palustre fenmeadow
227
M23 Juncus effususacutiflorusGalium palustre rushpasture
244
M24 Molinia caeruleaCirsium dissectum fenmeadow
256
M25 Molinia caeruleaPotentilla erecta mire
270
M26 Molinia caeruleaCrepis paludosa mire
283
Lowland dry heaths
350
Hi Calluna vulgarisFestuca ovina heath
372
H3 Ulex minorAgrostis curtisii heath
391
H5 Erica vagansSchoenus nigricans heath
412
H7 Calluna vulgarisScilla verna heath
434
H8 Calluna vulgarisUlex gallii heath
448
H10 Calluna vulgarisErica cinerea heath
471
H11 Calluna vulgarisCarex arenaria heath
484
H13 Calluna vulgarisCladonia arbuscula heath
504
H15 Calluna vulgarisJuniperus communis ssp nana heath
522
H17 Calluna vulgarisArctostaphylos alpinus heath
538
H19 Vaccinium myrtillusCladonia arbuscula heath
556
H21 Calluna vulgarisVaccinium myrtillusSphagnum capillifolium heath
576
INDEX OF SYNONYMS TO MIRES AND HEATHS
593
BIBLIOGRAPHY
615
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