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The Herbaceous Layer in Forests of Eastern North America$
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Frank Gilliam

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199837656

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199837656.001.0001

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The Herbaceous Layer—The Forest between the Trees

(p.xvi) (p.1) 1 Introduction
The Herbaceous Layer in Forests of Eastern North America

Frank S. Gilliam

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter documents patterns of change in research interest in the herb layer, and summarizes general knowledge and understanding of the ecology and dynamics of forest herb layers. Because the literature contains numerous terms used synonymously with herbaceous layer, it begins with a discussion of the terminology and definitions that have been commonly applied to the herbaceous layer. Next, it discusses the increasing number of papers in the literature over the past several decades. It then develops a simple conceptual framework for understanding the spatial and temporal dynamics of the herbaceous layer. Finally, it describes the organization of the book.

Keywords:   forest herb layer, forest ecology, herbaceous layer, spatial dynamics, temporal dynamics

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