Vegetation of the southeastern Coastal Plain

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Plant communities vary from grassland and savanna through shrubland to needle- and broadleaved sclerophyllous woodland and rich mesophytic forest, differences which can occur within a few hundred metres and an elevational shift of only 10m. Dramatic gradients in physical and chemical characteristics of soil and water, together with fire, lead to such a mosaic pattern. Vegetation history is indicated and the physical background outlined. Upland pine forest vegetation is described - northern pine barrens, xeric sand communities and mesic pine communities. Upland hardwoods are noted, and the vegetation of wetlands is discussed, distinguishing between alluvial and non-alluvial types. Interspersion and gradation with maritime vegetation is shown. Community and gap dynamics are reviewed, and the significance of succession is stressed. -P.J.Jarvis

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Christensen, NL

Published Date

  • January 1, 1988

Published In

  • North American Terrestrial Vegetation

Start / End Page

  • 317 - 363

Citation Source

  • Scopus