botany term for opposite of pioneer species

nluv4hsJanuary 1, 2010

I was reading about pioneer species a.k.a. ruderal species, forest dynamics, ecological succession (primary, secondary), climax community, old growth. My question is, what is the best term for the opposite of a pioneer species, a species that always appears later? For example, the Canadian Hemlock. The closest I came so far was "shade tolerant", but I was hoping there might be a term like "straggler species".

Is there a good term for that?

Thanks, Keith

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leftwood(z4a MN)

Perhaps "climax species".

    Bookmark   January 1, 2010 at 9:27PM
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nluv4hs

Thank you sir, that is exactly what I was looking for. It was kind of you to help me. With your hint, I also found the terms "late seral" and "late-successional". Since wikipedia lacks separate articles for any of those, I will create one for "climax species".

    Bookmark   January 2, 2010 at 1:27AM
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nluv4hs

See new wikipedia article.

Here is a link that might be useful: climax species

    Bookmark   January 2, 2010 at 3:24AM
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