Plant Life of the Dolomites

Vegetation Structure and Ecology

Authors: Pignatti, Erika, Pignatti, Sandro

  • Richly illustrated with over 300 color photographs
  • Based on the authors numerous research surveys throughout the Dolomites
  • Includes comprehensive data of the Dolomite plant associations
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About this book

The landscape and vegetation of the Dolomites have characteristics that are very particular. Some 2300 species live here, about a fifth of the flora in Europe as a whole. This book depicts what the plant cover of the Dolomites is composed of, how it was formed, and what future evolution may bring. The data presented is based on the authors’ combined botanical research, which consists of thousands of surveys throughout the entire region of the Dolomites.

To explain the vegetation, 106 plant communities are described in detailed datasheets. Biological, geological, climatic and physical-chemical parameters are given for each plant community, including a description of the habitat, the indicator species, the floristic composition, distribution, conservation, and alteration risks, as well as a distribution map and a photo of the association. The associations are grouped into habitats, such as the human habitat, natural forests and meadows on the valley floor, the coniferous forest belt, screes, alpine vegetation on granite, porphyry, and volcanic rock, as well as on dolomite and limestones. In closing, the authors make a case for using the scientific information provided in the book for the conservation of the Dolomites, the heritage of all humanity.

 

Additional in-depth analysis will be presented in the supplementary volumes “Plant Life of the Dolomites: Vegetation Tables” and “Plant Life of the Dolomites: Atlas of Flora.”

About the authors

Erika Pignatti’s main research interest is phytosociology. Among her various publications are those on the vegetation of the Austrian Alpines and the Mediterranean type vegetation in Australia and Chile. Sandro Pignatti is the author of the famous Flora d’Italia, a botany standard work. The data presented in “Plant life of the Dolomites” is based on the authors’ combined botanical research, which consists of thousands of surveys throughout the entire region of the Dolomites.

Reviews

From the book reviews:

“This book aims to be more than simply a phytosociological description of the vegetation of the Dolomites. … Each habitat chapter begins with a general introduction, including highly detailed descriptions with excellent illustrations, of the ecological and environmental conditions associated with that habitat. … Each vegetation description, and indeed each chapter, is illustrated with excellent photographs and distribution maps, and overall the book is a beautiful object … . it is simply a lovely book.” (Rob Brooker, Mountain Research and Development (MRD), Vol. 35 (1), February, 2015)

“The book represents an extraordinary wealth of information. The layout with numerous beautiful colour photographs, instructive tables, maps, diagrams and flow charts … is not only nice but also makes the information easily accessible and comparable. … The book is the first comprehensive modern vegetation overview of a larger region, both within Italy and for the Alps in general, and hopefully will inspire others to follow this pioneer work.” (Jürgen Dengler, Bulletin of the European Dry Grassland Group, Issue 24-25, November, 2014)

“The amount of information held here is absolutely colossal, written by enthusiasts who know the area well. Whether you’re interested in individual plant species, or in seeing how the communities fit within the wider landscape, there will be something here for you. The love of the area comes through in the writing and there are even three suggested itineraries ‘for getting to know the flora of the Dolomites’. A wonderful book to become lost in.” (Peter Thomas, The Bulletin, Vol. 45, August, 2014)

Table of contents (22 chapters)

  • The Environment of the Dolomites: A General Outline

    Pignatti, Erika (et al.)

    Pages 1-16

  • Stable Meadows and Vegetation of Fields and Human Settlements

    Pignatti, Erika (et al.)

    Pages 19-68

  • Forests of Broadleaved Trees and Shrubs at Low Elevations

    Pignatti, Erika (et al.)

    Pages 71-119

  • Arid and Steppe Grasslands

    Pignatti, Erika (et al.)

    Pages 121-155

  • The Alpine Taiga (Coniferous Forests and Heaths with Rhododendrons)

    Pignatti, Erika (et al.)

    Pages 159-214

Buy this book

eBook $159.00
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Hardcover $209.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-642-31042-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $209.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-662-50141-2
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Plant Life of the Dolomites
Book Subtitle
Vegetation Structure and Ecology
Authors
Translated by
Isenberg, P.
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Naturmuseum Südtirol
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-31043-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-31043-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-31042-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-662-50141-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXVII, 771
Number of Illustrations and Tables
487 b/w illustrations, 16 illustrations in colour
Additional Information
Jointly published with the Museum of Nature South Tyrol as “Publication of the Museum of Nature South Tyrol Nr. 8”
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