Continuum of Vegetation

Continuum of Vegetation

 

the unbrokenness of plant cover; it is manifested by a gradual change from one plant community to another neighboring one (spatial continuum) or by the succession in time of one community by another (temporal continuum). The concept of a continuum is disputed by some geobotanists because distinct boundaries can sometimes be seen between phytocoenoses because of marked changes in the relief or for other reasons. The concept arose in the 1920’s.

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Although the proportion of mixed conifer vegetation was not included in PC2, mixed conifer vegetation does fall within the continuum of vegetation type.
Although Abert's squirrel winter feeding sign was associated with ponderosa-pine vegetation and red squirrel feeding sign was associated with spruce-fir vegetation, feeding sign of both species was found on transects throughout the continuum of vegetation types.
A continuum of vegetation zones from open water to upland can occur at a single position in a bay over several years.