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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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Herbaceous Layer Species Richness of Southeastern Forests and Woodlands

Herbaceous Layer Species Richness of Southeastern Forests and Woodlands

Patterns and Causes

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(p.255) 10 Herbaceous Layer Species Richness of Southeastern Forests and Woodlands
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The Herbaceous Layer in Forests of Eastern North America
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Robert K. Peet

Kyle A. Palmquist

Samantha M. Tessel

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199837656.003.0010

This chapter examines species richness patterns in the herbaceous layer vegetation of forests and woodlands of southeastern North America. It demonstrates the changing importance of various drivers of species richness across environmental and geographic gradients and across vegetation types, and shows how the relative importance of those drivers varies with scale of observation. The most important processes structuring species diversity patterns in southeastern forests and woodlands appear to be cation availability (environmental favorableness), disturbance (flooding, fire, grazing), mass effects, and the relative size of the species pool.

Keywords:   herbaceous layer diversity, herb layer, vegetation, woodlands, species richness, Blue Ridge Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain, southeastern North America

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