The Diversity of the Savanna Ecosystem

  • Otto T. Solbrig
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 121)


Savannas are defined by Bourlière and Hadley (1983) as “tropical grasslands with scattered tress.” Ecosystems with these characteristics are found throughout the tropics in all continents but particularly in the Americas, Africa, and Australia. However, this physiognomic definition encompasses a great deal of diversity in both biotic and abiotic characteristics, in floristic composition and in vegetation history. This chapter presents a summary of this diversity.


African Savanna Tropical Savanna Woody Cover Savanna Ecosystem Savanna Vegetation 
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