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Vegetation classification by reference to strategies

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It is suggested that there are three major determinants of vegetation—competition, stress and disturbance—and that each has invoked a distinct strategy on the part of the flowering plant. A method is described whereby it is possible to distinguish types of herbaceous vegetation by reference to the relative importance of the three strategies in the genotypes of the component species.

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