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Publication Type J
Authors Kruger, H. R. and N. Peinemann
Title Coastal plain halophytes and their relation to soil ionic composition
Source Vegetatio
Author Keywords SALT TOLERANCE
Abstract Halophytic coastal communities in Bahia Blanca, Argentina, were examined in relation to soil salinity along a transect from inland to the sea. The relationships between soil electrical conductivity and dominance-abundance values for different species were determined. The 'Chariaral' community with its most conspicuous species Geoffroea decorticans was present in soils with the lowest salinity levels in the area. Halophytic underbush develops at soil salinity values of intermediate soil electrical conductivity, the characteristic species being Cyclolepis genistoides, Atriplex undulata and Salicornia ambigua. Halophytic shrub-like steppe vegetation, dominated by Allenrolfea patagonica or Heterostachys ritteriana, is present in soils with high salinity. It is concluded that the ionic composition of plants was a stable characteristic for different species and did not vary with changes in soil salinity.
ISSN 0042-3106
ISBN 0042-3106
Year Published 1996
Volume 122
Issue 2
Beginning Page 143-150
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