Phytosociology and ecology of Cressa cretica L. (convolvulaceae) on the eastern Adria tic coast

  • Nenad Jasprica Institute for Marine and Coastal Research, University of Dubrovnik, P.O. Box 83, HR-20000 Dubrovnik, Croatia.
  • Milenko Milović “Antun Vrančić” Grammar School, Put Gimnazije 64, HR-22000 Šibenik, Croatia
  • Marija Romić University of Zagreb, Faculty of Agriculture, Svetošimunska 25, HR-10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Keywords: halophytic vegetation, soil analysis, Thero-Suaedetea splendentis, syntaxonomy, Croatia, central Adriatic, NE Mediterranean.

Abstract

The present phytosociological study of the eastern Adriatic coastal salt-marsh at Blato, Croatia, is based on the Braun-Blanquet approach. Five plant associations were recorded in the area: Juncetum maritimo-acuti, Puccinellio festuciformis-Sarcocornietum fruticosae, Scirpetum maritimi, Enteromorpho intestinalidis-Ruppietum maritimae and Cressetum creticae. The association Cressetum creticae was found for the first time in Croatia as well as on the eastern Adriatic coast. This therophytic and halo-nitrophilous association shows a monospecific or paucispecific character and occupies the most haline and the driest parts of the salt-marsh. The association develops during the summer on silty clay substrates with organic matter derived from the decay of plants of the neighboring communities. According to key soil factor analysis no differences of grain size of the soils among the associations were found, while regarding electrical conductivity, Cl- and Na+ concentrations were higher in the Cressetum creticae than in any of the others associations. The particular original features of the site regarding its flora and vegetation would justify some measures of protection and management.

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JaspricaN., MilovićM. and RomićM. (2015) “Phytosociology and ecology of Cressa cretica L. (convolvulaceae) on the eastern Adria tic coast”, Hacquetia, 14(2). Available at: https://ojs.zrc-sazu.si/hacquetia/article/view/2791 (Accessed: 16February2020).
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