Plants of Desert Dunes

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Based on three decades of field experience in southwest Asia, southern Africa, and the southwest United States, the author summarizes the major adaptations of plants to desert dunes. This integrative study of plant and diaspore morphology, reactive growth, life cycles, and environmental factors explains and predicts plant distribution. Many kinds of dune syndromes, plant case studies and vegetation transects are discussed and illustrated to clarify the significance of adaptations to specific habitat factors. ...

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Overview

Based on three decades of field experience in southwest Asia, southern Africa, and the southwest United States, the author summarizes the major adaptations of plants to desert dunes. This integrative study of plant and diaspore morphology, reactive growth, life cycles, and environmental factors explains and predicts plant distribution. Many kinds of dune syndromes, plant case studies and vegetation transects are discussed and illustrated to clarify the significance of adaptations to specific habitat factors. Although the focus is on vascular plants, the development of microbiotic soil crust, its function, and its composition are discussed as well.

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"...a fitting companion to others in the series and should become a standard reference" - Journal of Arid Environments
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783642646362
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Publication date: 7/31/2012
  • Series: Adaptations of Desert Organisms Series
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 177
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Sand Deserts of the World 3
3 Environmental Stresses in the Sand Desert 21
4 Habitat Types of Desert Dunes 25
5 Plant Case Histories and Ecomorphological Types 31
6 Typical Transects in a Few Plant Communities and Their Edaphic Relationships 111
7 Plant Adaptations to Environmental Stresses in Desert Dunes 133
8 Comparison Between Plants of Desert Dunes, Extreme Desert, and Coastal Dunes 153
Appendix: List of Higher Plant Names with Authors, Synonyms, and Family Name 157
References 161
Subject Index 171
Plant Name Index 175
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