Ecological Archives E084-087-A3

Helen M. Quested, J. Hans C. Cornelissen, Malcolm C. Press, Terry V. Callaghan, Rien Aerts, Frank Trosien, Petra Riemann, Dylan Gwynn-Jones, Alexandra Kondratchuk, and Sven E. Jonasson. 2003. Decomposition of sub-arctic plants with differing nitrogen economies: a functional role for hemiparasites. Ecology 84:3209–3221.

Appendix C. The habitats from which leaves and litter were collected for the litter bed experiment, including the names of dominant species, and the hemiparasites most commonly associated with that vegetation type.

Habitat (altitude) Dominant species Typical hemiparasites
Heath (H)
350–500 m
Ericaceous dwarf shrubs (e.g., Vaccinium uliginosum), sedges (Carex spp.), rushes (Juncus spp.), grasses (e.g. Calamagrostis lapponica), and forbs (e.g., Bistorta vivipara), with or without Betula pubescens subsp. czerepanovii Pedicularis lapponica
Bartsia alpina
Grassy ruderal sites (R) 350 m Grasses (Elytrigia repens, Deschampsia cespitosa), and forbs (Achillea millefolium, Epilobium angustifolium) Rhinanthus minor
Euphrasia frigida
Alpine tundra (A) 750–1100 m Salix herbacea, S. polaris, Cassiope tetragona, and sedges (Carex saxatilis) Pedicularis hirsuta
Mires (MI) 350 m Sedges (Eriophorum spp., Carex spp.)  
Riverbanks (RB) 350 m Alnus incana, Rhodiola rosea, Salix spp.  
Mesic woodland (WW) 350 m Betula pubescens subsp. czerepanovii, willow (Salix spp.), grey alder (Alnus incana), and perennial forbs Melampyrum sylvaticum
Meadows (ME) 600–900 m Trollius europaeus, Veronica alpina, Phleum alpinum. Bartsia alpina
Coniferous forest (CF) 350 m Pinus sylvestris, Picea abies / obovata, patchy ericaceous dwarf shrub understory.  



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