Monday, December 17, 2012

Pannonian mixed forests (12)

Pannonian mixed forests , situated within the Temperate Broadleaf and Mixed Forests biome in the depression surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains, Alps, and Dinaric Mountains. These cause a major rain shadow that allows very little precipitation to reach the centre of this ecoregion.  The area covered is all of modern Hungary, parts of Croatia, Serbia, Austria, Slovenia, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Romania as well as Bosnia and Herzegovina. Much of the natural habitat has been lost to agriculture.  Dominant trees include pedunculate oak, sessile oak, and turkey oak (Q. cerris), as well as mixed oak-hornbeam forests, poplar, and beech  interspersed with steppes, and floodplain vegetation (Bohn, Udo,Gisela Gollub;Hettwer, Christoph 2000 "Reduced general map of the natural vegetation of Europe. 1:10 million". Bonn-Bad Godesberg.

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