The results of a phytosociological investigation about a coastal area of S. Sicily, close to Gela, are presented. The coexistence of several lithological substrata, as well as the particular climatic conditions of this area, gives rise to a noteworthy floristic and vegetational biodiversity. As matter of fact, a set of N. African species are here localized, taking part to peculiar vegetation types, sometimes exclusive of this sicilian coast-stretch. The observed plant communities are represented by psammophilous associations of Cakiletea maritimae, Ammophiletea and Malcolmietalia, salt-marsh vegetation of Sarcocornietea and Phragmito-Magnocericetea, halophilous rupicolous shrublands of Crithmo-Limonietea and Pegano-Salsoletea, maquis of Oleo-Ceratonion, garigues of Cisto-Micromerietea, grasslands of the Moricandio-Lygeion sparti, subhalophilous ephemeral meadows of Stipo-Bupleuretalia semicompositi and sciaphilous nitrophylous ones of Geranio-Cardaminetalia hirsutae. Therefore, owing to the exceptional floristic and vegetational interest, this area should be protected as a wildlife reserve, and not only by an archaeological bind, as it happens at present.
|Numero di pagine||16|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2000|