Plants of Desert Dunes


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Plants of Desert Dunes Author: Format: Paperback / softback First Published: Published By: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. KG Pages: 177 Illustrations and other contents: XII, 177 p. Language: English ISBN: 9783642646362 Categories: , , , , , , , ,

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