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https://doi.org/10.48027/hnb.46.063

Distribution, demography and conservation perspectives of Retama raetam subsp. gussonei (Fabaceae) in Calabria (S Italy)


Giuseppe Caruso; Dimitar Uzunov https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9742-8956; Carmen Gangale https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7533-6057

3 June 2024 · volume 46 · (issue 6) · pp. 169–180 · PDF [full text]

Abstract: The southernmost region of peninsular Italy, Calabria, hosts two well distinct sub-populations of Retama raetam (Forssk.) Webb. subsp. gussonei (Webb) Greuter (Fabaceae), a Sicilian-Calabrian endemic shrub. The population study model applied to this work on Calabrian sub-populations of this threatened taxon, demonstrated to be a powerful tool. A preliminary survey on a sample of the studied plants enabled the fast, easy and complete collection of biometric/anagraphic data. Present number of censussed plants (1,523; 82.5% by the Ionian Sea, 17.5% by the Tyrrhenian), the complex and heterogeneous composition of the population (divided in four biometric/age classes and spread on nine different sectors), its distribution within the study area, its evolution as a result of spontaneous population dynamic or future management actions, might be hopefully long term monitored through the study model here applied.

Keywords: biometry, Calabria, conservation, demography, endemism, Retama raetam subsp. gussonei

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Caruso G., Uzunov D., Gangale C. 2024 Distribution, demography and conservation perspectives of Retama raetam subsp. gussonei (Fabaceae) in Calabria (S Italy). Historia naturalis bulgarica 46: 169–180.

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