Journal of Plant Biology

, 50:475 | Cite as

Soil particle sizes and plant communities on coastal dunes

  • Jeom-Sook Lee
  • Byung-Sun Ihm
  • Du Sung Cho
  • Dong-Yeob Son
  • Jong-Wook Kim


To identify and assess the distribution patterns of coastal dune vegetation along the eastern, southern, and western coasts of South Korea, we investigated the plant communities and soil factors at 30 sites. In all, 12 communities on CCA (canonical correspondence analysis) Axis 1 and 2 could be arranged into 3 groups: 1 ) 2 communities ofElymus mollis andIschaemum anthephoroides, with medium sand contents; 2) 6 communities ofCarex pumila, Carex kobomugi, Ixeris repens, Zoysia mac-rostachya, Calystegia soldanella, andVitex rotundifolia, with coarse sand contents; and 3) 4 communities ofLathyrus japonicus,Glehnia littoralis, Messerschmidia sibirica, andRosa rugosa, with very coarse sand contents. As identified via CCA ordination, the distribution of these groups was positively correlated with soil particle sizes.


CCA ordination coastal dune plant community soil particle size 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeom-Sook Lee
    • 1
  • Byung-Sun Ihm
    • 2
  • Du Sung Cho
    • 1
  • Dong-Yeob Son
    • 3
  • Jong-Wook Kim
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of BiologyKunsan National UniversityKunsanKorea
  2. 2.Department of BiologyMokpo National UniversityMuanKorea
  3. 3.Korea Institute of Environmental Science and TechnologySeoulKorea

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