Carpinus orientalis forests in Georgian Colchis: First insights

Pavel Novák, Vladimir Stupar & Veronika Kalníková
Colchis (Caucasus Ecoregion, Euxinian Province) is a region with unique Tertiary relict biota and high species and vegetation diversity. However, its vegetation has been only little studied by Braun- Blanquet methods so far. Based on original field data (20 phytosociological relevés), we describe a novel vegetation type of calciphilous and thermophilous Carpinus orientalis forests in western Geor- gia (Campanulo alliariifoliae-Carpinetum orientalis ass. nova). This species-rich community inhabits sunny limestone slopes and is developed under a...
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