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Plant Sociology numero 54 (1)

pag. 89-106: Vegetation survey and plant landscape mapping of the SCI IT9140002 “Litorale Brindisino” (Puglia, Southern Italy)

G. Veronico1, S. Sciandrello2, P. Medagli3 & V. Tomaselli1

1Italian National Research Council - Institute of Biosciences and Bioresources (CNR-IBBR), via G. Amendola 165/A, I-10126 Bari, Italy

2CUTGANA - University Centre for the Protection and Management of Natural Environments and Agro-ecosystems, via Santa Sofia 98, I-95123 Catania, Italy

3Department of Biological and Environmental Science and Technology, Ecotekne, University of Salento, via Provinciale Lecce-Monteroni, I-73100 Lecce, Italy

doi: 10.7338/pls2017541/04

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abstract

A vegetation survey of the SCI IT9140002 - "Litorale Brindisino" (Apulia Region, Italy), with a focus on the coastal environments, along with vegetation and habitat maps, are here presented. The SCI is a coastal site characterized by dunes and salt marshes and, landwards, by garrigues, maquis and grasslands. The coastal belt is characterized by a highly fragmented landscape, because of anthropogenic pressures and coastal erosion. The vegetation was studied according to the phytosociological method and the survey led to the identification of 22 plant communities belonging to 11 syntaxonomic classes. Vegetation and habitat maps were digitized in ArcGis 10.2 from recent orthophotos in combination with topographical maps, at a scale of 1:5,000. The presence of several complex vegetation mosaics was highlighted.

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habitat map, Litorale Brindisino, Torre Canne, vegetation map, vegetation survey