Microsite differentiation in a Mediterranean oak savanna

L. S. Olsvig‐Whittaker, Z. Naveh, M. Giskin, E. Nevo

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Abstract. Microscale variation of vegetation was studied in a Mediterranean oak savanna dominated by annual plants at Neve Ya'ar Experimental Station, in the lower Galilee of Israel. Species presence/absence data were recorded in 20 cm x 20 cm quadrats on a 500‐quadrat transect. These data were ordinated with Detrended Correspondence Analysis. Soil nitrate, phosphorous, potassium, pH, soil moisture and salinity were determined at 2‐m intervals on the 100‐m transect, at monthly intervals from November 1981 to April 1982. Litter cover and canopy shade were surveyed in October 1981 and April 1982. A sharp rise in available nitrate occurred in November, following the first winter rains. Patterns in herbaceous vegetation, as expressed by sample ordination scores, correlated best with litter cover in October. This suggested that vegetation pattern in this community may be strongly influenced by environmental conditions at the time of seedling germination and establishment. 1992 IAVS ‐ the International Association of Vegetation Science

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-216
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Vegetation Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1992


  • Annual vegetation
  • Galilee
  • Israel
  • Pasture
  • Pattern analysis
  • Plant‐soil relationship
  • Quercus ithaburensis.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology
  • Plant Science


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