The relationship between the seed bank and species composition of plant communities in two British salt marshes
Article first published online: 24 FEB 2009
1993 IAVS - the International Association of Vegetation Science
Journal of Vegetation Science
Volume 4, Issue 4, pages 531–536, August 1993
How to Cite
Ungar, I. A. and Woodell, S. R. J. (1993), The relationship between the seed bank and species composition of plant communities in two British salt marshes. Journal of Vegetation Science, 4: 531–536. doi: 10.2307/3236080
- Issue published online: 24 FEB 2009
- Article first published online: 24 FEB 2009
- Received 7 July 1992; Revision received 3 February 1993; Accepted 29 March 1993.
- Cluster analysis;
- Plant cover;
- Tutin & Warburg (1962)
The composition of the seed bank was compared with that of the above-ground vegetation in two British salt marshes. Vegetation and seed banks were sampled in autumn and spring. There was a relatively low correlation between seed bank and vegetation in most perennial-dominated zones. Percentage annual plant cover was significantly positively correlated to percentage similarity value between vegetation and seed bank. Cluster analysis indicated that the zones dominated by annuals and by Suaeda vera on the ungrazed Nod Marsh in Norfolk formed groups between seed bank and vegetation, whereas on the Llanrhidian Marsh in Wales the seed bank of four of the six zones formed a group.