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dense maquis vegetation


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maquis

From the pural of the Italian word macchia, meaning thicket, this term is used to designate the dense, often impenetrable, drough-resistant vegetation found in coastal France, Italy, Corsica, and Sardinia.  Broadly similar to garrigue, but taller and denser, and found on acid soils rather than limestone.  Both biomes are shaped by the mediterranean climate and wildfires.  Similar also to chaparral (California), matorral (Chile), fynbos (South Africa), and kwongan (Western Australia).

microclimate

Variations of the climate within a given area, usually influenced by hills, hollows, structures or proximity to bodies of water.

molecular phylogeny

The analysis of hereditary molecular differences, mainly in DNA sequences, to gain information on the evolutionary relationships between organisms.

monocot

Any of a class of angiosperm plants having a single cotyledon in the seed, have leaves with parallel veins, flower parts in multiples of three, fibrous root systems., and their primary vascular bundles are scattered throughout the stem, not arranged in a ring as in eudicotyledons.

monoecious

Individual plants produce both male and female unisexual flowers (either concurrently or consecutively) - this term is derived from the Greek for one household.

monotypic

A genus which contains only one species.

morphology

The study of the development, form, and structure of plants, and, by implication, an attempt to interpret their relationships to each other based on their similarities.


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