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Seely, M.K. 1990. Patterns of plant establishment on a linear desert dune. Israel Journal of Botany, 39(4-6): 443-451


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Patterns of plant establishment on a linear desert dune.

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A grass, Stipagrostis sabulicola (Poaceae), and a succulent, Trianlhema hereroensis (Aizoaceae), constitute the persistent vegetation of the western half of the main Namib Sand Sea. Following unusual, heavy rainfall (>100 mm), germination of both species occurred over most of the bare dune sand. However, after 11 years of measurement, only 11% of the originally established grasses and none of the succulents survived. Sand mobility or moisture rather than seed availability is thought to influence the plant distribution patterns observed.

Year: 1990

Type: Journal Article

URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0021213X.1990.10677167#.VGWxNVItBHg


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