Val Veny, Courmayeur
E. Biondi, N. Biscotti, S. Pesaresi & S. Casavecchia
Department of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences (D3A), Marche Polytechnic University, Via Brecce Bianche, I-60131 Ancona, Italy.
The vegetation with Daphne sericea Vahl occurring in the eastern sector of the Gargano Promontory (southern Italy) is presented here. Daphne sericea is an evergreen and nano-phanerophyte species occurring in the central and eastern part of the European Mediterranean basin. In Italy, it is present in some Tyrrhenian coastal areas, whereas along the Adriatic coasts it occurs in the Gargano area and in Tremiti Islands. In the Gargano area, Daphne sericea occurs mainly in the eastern part of the promontory where it is found on formations of Majolica rich in lists and chert nodules. The phytosociological study of this area allowed us to describe a new association of microforest dominated by Juniperus oxycedrus subsp. oxycedrus, named Daphno sericeae-Juniperetum oxycedri differentiated into two subassociations: oleetosum sylvestris and quercetosum virgilianae.
Cisto cretici-Micromerietea julianae, Daphne sericea, Gargano, Italy, phytosociology, Quercetea ilicis, Querco-Fagetea