Peinado, M. and Aguirre, J.L. and Cruz Rot, Marcelino de la
A phytosociological survey of the boreal forest (Vaccinio-Piceetea) in North America.
"Plant Ecology", v. 137
A survey of syntaxa of vegetation of North American boreal forests (class Vaccinio-Piceetea) is presented. This
phytosociological survey, carried out combining the Braun-Blanquet method with numerical syntaxonomical analyses
(cluster and correspondence analysis), describes the associations of the North American boreal forests, which
have several species, varieties or vicariant species in common with their Eurasian counterparts, and can be placed
in the class Vaccinio-Piceetea. By means of tabular and multivariate analyses, 2084 North American relevés were
compared with 3273 relevés from European, Japanese and Korean boreal forest, to describe and typify 4 orders, 10
alliances and 37 associations. Diagnostic tables, ordination, clustering, and climatic, edaphic and biogeographical data were used to show floristic affinities among these syntaxa and interpret their distribution areas. Syntaxa were briefly characterized by their floristic composition, physiognomy, succession, zonation, and biogeographical distribution.