Accession Number : AD0665777

Title :   GEOGRAPHIC RECONNAISSANCE OF SEASHORE VEGETATION ALONG THE MEXICAN GULF COAST.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : LOUISIANA STATE UNIV BATON ROUGE COASTAL STUDIES INST

Personal Author(s) : Sauer,Jonathan

Report Date : SEP 1967

Pagination or Media Count : 67

Abstract : Vegetation along the Mexican Gulf coast, as sampled in forty-nine sites from the Rio Grande delta to the Yucatan Channel, includes nearly two hundred species and shows complex geographic patterning. Ordinary inland pioneer plants appear casually along the coast, but strictly coastal species generally dominate the vegetation of storm beaches, active dunes, and mangrove swamps. Although a few species are endemic, most are widely dispersed by ocean currents and range into the Caribbean, across the Atlantic, or even beyond. Local distributions within the study region are controlled by substrate, climate, and exposure factors. Frequent winter northerly storms and rare hurricanes produce dynamic microdistributions. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*PLANTS(BOTANY), COASTAL REGIONS), DISTRIBUTION, GEOGRAPHY, BEACHES, OCEAN CURRENTS, CLIMATE, STORMS, TROPICAL CYCLONES, CLASSIFICATION, IDENTIFICATION, PHOTOGRAPHS, SWAMPS, MEXICO GULF

Subject Categories : Biology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE