Road Edge Effect and Elevation Patterns of Native and Alien Plants on an Oceanic Island (Tenerife, Canary Islands)

  title={Road Edge Effect and Elevation Patterns of Native and Alien Plants on an Oceanic Island (Tenerife, Canary Islands)},
  author={R{\"u}diger Otto and Manuel A. Arteaga and Juan Domingo Delgado and Jos{\'e} Ram{\'o}n Ar{\'e}valo and C Blandino and Jos{\'e} Mar{\'i}a Fern{\'a}ndez-Palacios},
  journal={Folia Geobotanica},
We studied road edge effects on floristic composition and richness of alien and native plants on five zonal ecosystems, following a steep altitudinal gradient from arid coastal and mid-elevation scrublands, through laurel and pine forests, to summit scrub, on Tenerife (Canary Islands). We analyzed vegetation within transects running from the road edge to the core of natural habitats. Alien richness significantly decreased with distance to road edge for most ecosystems. Native richness also… CONTINUE READING
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