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The Response of Primula Species to Soil Waterlogging and Soil Drought

David M. Whale
Oecologia
Vol. 58, No. 2 (1983), pp. 272-277
Published by: Springer in cooperation with International Association for Ecology
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4217028
Page Count: 6
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The Response of Primula Species to Soil Waterlogging and Soil Drought
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Abstract

The distributions of Primula vulgaris, P. elatior and P. veris in the British Isles are partly dependent on differences in waterlogging and drought tolerance. Comparison of biomass production and root length on soils with different water tables ranked the species in order of increasing waterlogging-tolerance: P. verisvulgaris>elatior. The habitats of P. vulgaris and P. elatior are recognisably distinct where the species occur together as a consequence of differences in their drought and waterlogging-tolerances. Amongst other factors, the more developed drought tolerance of P. veris enables it to exploit drier, more open, situations.

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