Therophytic meadows

prati terofitici_F.Giannini_webTherophytic meadows consist mostly of small grasses and legumes that dry out completely during the summer. They grow in the clearings of perennial vegetation, mainly garrigue shrubland in areas affected by fire and also in contact with other types of woody vegetation. This type of habitat is found in Giannutri, Montecristo, and Pianosa, where it provides a typical environmental mosaic along with Mediterranean and garrigue shrubland. Recolonization by often exotic shrubs or trees is the main cause of threat to this habitat.

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