Plant colonization of a bare peat surface: population changes and spatial patterns
Version of Record online: 24 FEB 2009
1992 IAVS - the International Association of Vegetation Science
Journal of Vegetation Science
Volume 3, Issue 1, pages 113–118, February 1992
How to Cite
Salonen, V., Penttinen, A. and Särkkä, A. (1992), Plant colonization of a bare peat surface: population changes and spatial patterns. Journal of Vegetation Science, 3: 113–118. doi: 10.2307/3236005
- Issue online: 24 FEB 2009
- Version of Record online: 24 FEB 2009
- Received 5 July 1991; Revision received 27 November 1991; Accepted 15 December 199 1.
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Abstract. Changes in size and spatial arrangement of plant populations established on an initially bare peat surface were described over a period of 5 yr by following plant individuals on a 1-cm grid in an area of 10 m x 25 m. The spatial pattern of populations and association between species was analyzed statistically. The study site was very slowly colonized by 14 perennial plant species. The early successional stage was dominated by Carex rostrata, with a clumped spatial distribution, and the homogeneously distributed Eriophorum vaginatum and Pinus sylvestris. Both the growth in size of populations and changes in their spatial distribution were interpreted as a result of species dispersal ability, tolerance to severity of the substrate and pattern of reproduction.