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Fitosociologia numero 42 (2)

pag. 67-81: Faggete e cerrete mesofile nell’Alto Molise

C. Blasi1, P. Fortini2, G. Grossi3 & G. Presti1

1Dip.to di Biologia Vegetale, Università “La Sapienza”, P.le Aldo Moro 5, I-00185 Roma

2Dip.to di Scienze e Tecnologie per l’Ambiente e il Territorio, Università degli Studi del Molise, Via Mazzini 8, I-86170 Isernia

3Corpo Forestale dello Stato-Gestione ex A.S.F.D., Ufficio Amministrazione, Via Bellini 8/10, I-86170 Isernia; e-mail carlo.blasi@uniroma.it

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abstract

Beech and mesophilous Quercus cerris woodlands in Alto Molise (central Italy). In this paper a phytosociological analysis of mesophilous Quercus cerris and Fagus sylvatica subsp. sylvatica woods of Alto Molise is presented. From geomorfological point of view the area is characterized by limestone mountains and clay-sandy hills. Termophilous beech woods referred to Anemono-apenninae-Fagetum sylvaticae association and mesophilous beech woods referred to Cardamino kitaibelii-Fagetum sylvaticae association were investigated. Main part of the study area is occupied from mesophilous turkey oak woods with Carpinus betulus. These woods are referred to Aremonio agrimonioidis-Quercetum cerridis new association. In this paper a floristic, ecological and chorological diagnosis of such woods is proposed.
So Alto Molise represents link between central-northern and central-southern Italy woods; here they reach their southern and northern boundary respectively.

keywords

Fagus sylvatica woods, mesophylous Quercus cerris woods, Molise (Italy), phytosociology, synecology