Campus Units

Botany

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

6-1981

Journal or Book Title

Ecology

Volume

62

Issue

3

First Page

688

Last Page

696

DOI

10.2307/1937737

Abstract

A qualitative model of succession in freshwater wetlands is proposed, based on the life history features of the species involved. Three key life history traits can be used to characterize wetland species: life—span, propagule longevity, and propagule establishment requirements. By combining these three life history traits, 12 basic wetland life history types are recognized. For each life history type, the future state (presence only in the form of propagules in the seed bank, presence as adult plants, or complete absence) of each species type in a wetland can be predicted if environmental conditions change. Most of the information needed to apply this model to a particular wetland can be obtained by an examination of a wetland's seed bank. Several examples of succesion in North American and African wetlands are presented to illustrate the application of the model.

Comments

This article is published as Van der Valk, A. G. "Succession in wetlands: a gleasonian appraoch." Ecology 62, no. 3 (1981): 688-696. doi: 10.2307/1937737. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

Ecological Society of America

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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