Distribution, ecology, vegetation and conservation survey on the relictual population of Carex panormitana Guss. (Cyperaceae) in Sicily (Italy)

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Abstract

We report the results of research on the Carex panormitana Guss. (Cyperaceae) population in Sicily, carried out withinits locus classicus at the Oreto River (Palermo). The survey led to a morphological, biological and autoecological characterization, to the definition of the current distribution in the site, to an estimate of the number of individuals andto an analysis of its conservation status. The risk status was also assessed and the species was ascribed to the category Critically Endangered (CR), in accordance with the CR B1ab (ii, iii, v) and EN C1 IUCN criteria. Moreover, the phytosociological survey carried out on the meso-hygrophilous vegetation in which the species is dominant alloweddescription of the association Caricetum pendulo-panormitanae ass. nova, in turn framed into the allianceMagnocaricion elatae (ord. Magnocaricetalia, cl. Phragmito-Magnocaricetea).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-175
Number of pages17
JournalWebbia
Volume68
Publication statusPublished - 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Plant Science

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