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1 June 2012 Distribution of Lepraria in Latvia in Relation to Tree Substratum and Deciduous Forest Type
Anna Mežaka, Guntis Brūmelis, Alfons Piterāns, Christian Printzen
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Abstract

The aim of the study was to evaluate the distribution of Lepraria lichen species in dry deciduous forests, in relation to tree substratum and forest characteristics. In total, 34 localities with 1020 trees (13 tree species) were studied in different parts of Latvia. Lepraria spp. were found on 642 trees: L. eburnea on 8 trees, L. incana on 80 trees, and L. lobificans on 568 trees. Lepraria eburnea was recorded for the first time in Latvia. Tree species, tree bark crevice depth, inclination, pH and forest type were the most important variables explaining the presence of Lepraria species. Lepraria incana was associated with Quercus robur and Tilia cordata, while L. lobificans was associated with Betula pendula. The occurrence probability of L. lobificans increased with tree inclination and tree bark pH, and that of L. incana with bark crevice depth and tree bark pH.

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Anna Mežaka, Guntis Brūmelis, Alfons Piterāns, and Christian Printzen "Distribution of Lepraria in Latvia in Relation to Tree Substratum and Deciduous Forest Type," Annales Botanici Fennici 49(3), 162-170, (1 June 2012). https://doi.org/10.5735/085.049.0302
Received: 2 March 2011; Accepted: 1 November 2011; Published: 1 June 2012
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