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botany term for opposite of pioneer species

Posted by nluv4hs California (My Page) on
Fri, Jan 1, 10 at 13:48

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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RE: botany term for opposite of pioneer species

Perhaps "climax species".

RE: botany term for opposite of pioneer species

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".

RE: botany term for opposite of pioneer species

See new wikipedia article.

Here is a link that might be useful: climax species

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