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Typologie phytosociologique des forêts de chênes de Corse

Abstract : Oak woods (Quercus ilex subsp. ilex, Q. pubescens, Q. suber) are covering the greater part of the forest area in Corsica with a distribution from the coast up to 1200 meters. The study of these vegetal communities is realized through the method of sigmatist phytosociology. This study showed that different types of oak woods in Corsica are distributed mainly depending on altitude and along a gradient of humidity ; and their distribution complies with all levels of vegetation. The association of Galio scabri-Quercetum ilicis well represents the holm-oak woods of the meso-Mediterranean zone. The forests of cork-oak are closed to Galio scabri-Quercetum suberis described in Sardinia and some thermophilic oak formations with Myrtus communis approach the Prasio majoris-Quercetum ilicis also described in Sardinia. The field surveys permit to identify a group of edapho-xeric oak wood with Juniperus oxycedrus, which is not phytosociologically characterized to date. Oak woods with Quercus pubescens form also well distinguished groups and appear to be growing in Corsica. Finally, it appears that the species of Atlantic oak woods Quercus robur and Q. petraea subsp. petraea do not form true woodlands in Corsica and their distribution is very sporadic.
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Kévin Romeyer. Typologie phytosociologique des forêts de chênes de Corse. Sciences de l'environnement. 2014. ⟨hal-01836166⟩

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