rcourtec at PHARE.UNIV-LILLE2.FR
Tue Jan 13 17:55:21 CST 1998
> Could anyone give me a quick definition of the concept of syntaxonomy.
> Thanks in advance,
> Matt Davey
Syntaxonomy is related to phytosociology, a science where taxa
replaced by syntaxa.
Phytosociology describes vegetal communities, after technical
first stated and described by Prof. Braun-Blanquet, of swiss origin, who
worked in Montpellier (southern France) and created there a famous
school and institute.
Several other trends emerged from this initial conceptual
In phytosociology, the basic level is the association (at the
level than the species in classical taxonomy).
An association is a syntaxon, as a species is a taxon.
Syntaxonomy describes vegetal communities (statistical
composition and ecological significance) and arranges them in a
I hope that these short elements are correct. I am not a
phytosociologist, but a mycologist who worked a lot in this field some
years ago. I trust my memory is OK about these main ideas but probably
true phytosociologists will improve those definitions and bring some
more information in Taxacom for you.
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