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On the pyrophytism in the Mediterranean area
- Troia, Angelo, Laguna, Emilio
- Journal of arid environments 2015 v.120 pp. 1-3
- Cistus, dry environmental conditions, energy, habitats, sowing, wildfires, Mediterranean region
- Authors briefly present some observations and reflections on the “seeding strategy” of some plant species (Cistus spp., Cistaceae, in particular) in the Mediterranean area in relation to fire: they conclude it does not seem a specific adaptation to wildfires (as suggested in a relevant part of the recent literature), but a generalistic adaptation to open, high energy and variable habitats with aleatory fluctuations. The difference is important both for theoretical and applied aspects, e.g. for the correct management of Cistus species and of other Mediterranean species and habitats.