Order FF02 (LYG-02)

Lygeo-Stipetalia tenacissimae Br.-Bl. et O. de Bolòs 1958

Relict Mediterranean edaphic steppes on deep clayey soils

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Accepted name

Lygeo-Stipetalia tenacissimae Br.-Bl. et O. de Bolòs 1958

EuroVegChecklist name (Mucina et al. 2016)

Lygeo-Stipetalia tenacissimae Br.-Bl. et O. de Bolòs 1958

Remarks

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lyg12 | Unlike Rivas-Martínez et al. (2002b: 510; 2011: 286), who conceptually identified the Lygeo-Stipetalia with the Thero-Brachypodietalia (and suggested the latter name to be rejected as nomen ambiguum), we consider both orders as separate entities. We wish to underline here the ecological difference between these syntaxa and suggest that the Lygeo-Stipetalia is considered a unit of true (non-anthropogenic) relict (albeit edaphic) steppe communities, frequently found on specific, deep, clayey Miocene sediments forming 'Mediterranean badlands'. The remnants of such steppes remind us of the potentially larger distribution of such vegetation in the Mediterranean during the glacial maxima. (LM).

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