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Volume 5, issue 1
Web Ecol., 5, 1–5, 2005
https://doi.org/10.5194/we-5-1-2005
© Author(s) 2005. This work is distributed under
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Web Ecol., 5, 1–5, 2005
https://doi.org/10.5194/we-5-1-2005
© Author(s) 2005. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

  29 Mar 2005

29 Mar 2005

A field test of the relationship between habitat area and population size for five perennial plant species

H. H. Bruun H. H. Bruun
  • Lund Univ., Dept. of Ecology, Section for Plant Ecology and Systematics, Ecology Building, 22362 Lund, Sweden

Abstract. The population sizes of five perennial vascular plant species confined to old unimproved dry grasslands were assessed, viz. Anthericum ramosum, Filipendula vulgaris, Silene nutans, Thymus pulegioides, and Thymus serpyllum. All populations within the region were included. Only for Filipendula vulgaris and Thymus serpyllum, significant relationships between habitat area and population size were found. Thus, apparently perennial vascular plants have a limited ability to respond to large habitat areas by forming large populations. This puts a question mark on the use of incidence-function models for the study of plant metapopulations, because these models are based on an assumed positive relationship between habitat area and population size.

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