Nomenclature: Flora of the Estonian S.S.R. I-XI. 1959–1984.
High species richness in an Estonian wooded meadow
Article first published online: 24 FEB 2009
1991 IAVS - the International Association of Vegetation Science
Journal of Vegetation Science
Volume 2, Issue 5, pages 715–718, October 1991
How to Cite
Kull, K. and Zobel, M. (1991), High species richness in an Estonian wooded meadow. Journal of Vegetation Science, 2: 715–718. doi: 10.2307/3236182
- Issue published online: 24 FEB 2009
- Article first published online: 24 FEB 2009
- Calcicolous grassland;
- Community structure;
- Management history
Abstract. A wooded meadow at Laelatu in western Estonia was found to be very rich in vascular plants. The maximum number of species found was 25 in a 10 cm x 10 cm plot, 42 in a 20 cm x 20 cm plot and 63 in a 1 m2 plot.
Species richness is related to the management history of the site. The highest richness was found in sites with the most regular long-term mowing. Species density was lower in the case of fertilization or temporary cessation of mowing.
The richest community had an LAI of 2.8 and an above-ground dry biomass of 175 g/m2. With increasing height of the herb layer the number of species decreases. Small disturbances cause a remarkable decrease in species density.