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Community regulation in Phragmites communis Trin.. I. 1971. Mono dominant stands. Journal of Ecology. 59, 65—73.


Monodominant stands of Phragmites communis Trin. are common in lake edges, marshes, etc. throughout the British Isles. They persist, effectively resisting invasion, for long periods. Performance, as estimated by density and height, varies with internal (e.g. biotope) and external factors. Environmental features affecting density are litter, water regime, nutrient status, aeration, burning, grazing, salinity and temperature (weather). Those affecting height through bud size include water regime, nutrient status, grazing, salinity and great increases in density, and those affecting growth rate include temperature, water regime, nutrient status, humidity and salinity.