Adam Kimberley, George A. Blackburn, James D. Whyatt, Keith Kirby and Simon M. Smart Identifying the trait syndromes of conservation indicator species: how distinct are British ancient woodland indicator plants from other woodland species? Applied Vegetation Science 16
Classification tree analysis was used to determine how effectively ancient woodland indicator plants can be distinguished based upon life history traits. Characteristics such as plant height and lifespan were effective in separating these species from other woodland plants. More common ancient woodland indicators were less successfully discriminated in this way however, and may potentially be less reliable as indicator species.
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