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Milovic M.,Medical and Chemical School | PandzA M.,Primary School Murterski skoji
Natura Croatica | Year: 2010

The paper provides a list of 546 vascular plant taxa for which 855 new findings for the islands of the Šibenik archipelago (Kaprije, Krapanj, Murter, Obonjan, Prvić, Zlarin and Žirje) were recorded. Of the total number of new findings, 254 refer to 158 taxa which, in the area researched, grow either in cultivation or demonstrate the ability to subspontaneously spread out of the cultivated area. The previously published records of Echium vulgare, Oxalis deppei and Vicia cracca for the islands of Šibenik archipelago are based on a misidentification and actually refer to E. plantagineum, O. articulata and Vicia villosa ssp. varia. Therefore, E. vulgare, O. deppei and V. cracca have to be cancelled from the list of vascular plants occurring on the islands of Šibenik archipelago but E. plantagineum, O. articulata and Vicia villosa ssp. varia have to be included.


Brus R.,University of Ljubljana | Ballian D.,University of Sarajevo | Zhelev P.,University of Forestry | Pandza M.,Primary School Murterski skoji | And 4 more authors.
European Journal of Forest Research | Year: 2011

We examined leaf and mature seed cone variation of Juniperus oxycedrus L. subsp. oxycedrus in 12 natural populations across the species range in the Balkan Peninsula. We measured 10 morphological traits from a minimum of 100 leaves in each of 190 individuals, and two morphological traits from 30-50 seed cones in each of 94 females. High phenotypic variation was found, but no geographical structure or cline across populations was detected for any of the studied traits. Mean values of comparable leaf and cone morphological traits did not differ considerably from values reported elsewhere. Gender dimorphism in leaf morphology was detected, but it was not distributed uniformly throughout the studied area. An ANOVA model with both nested and crossed effects revealed that the largest proportion of the total variation was, as expected, contained within populations, partly as among-tree variation (18-47%, depending on the trait) and partly as within-tree variation (33-77%), which was remarkably high. Gender dimorphism explained only 0-3% of the total variation. Differences among populations (2-23%) were significant for all studied traits except one; however, PCA showed no clear geographical differentiation of the studied populations. This lack of phylogeographical structure may be the consequence of repeatedly occurring colonisation-retreat scenarios and suggests the existence of several small refugial populations scattered over a large part of the Balkan Peninsula in the Pleistocene. Further research including palaeobotanical and molecular genetic studies will be needed to better understand the forces that shaped current variation patterns of J. oxycedrus L. subsp. oxycedrus in the Balkan Peninsula. © 2010 Springer-Verlag.


Pandza M.,Primary School Murterski skoji | Milovic M.,Medical and Chemical School
Natura Croatica | Year: 2015

During 2004 and 2012 field research into the flora of the five uninhabited islets near Pakoštane, Dalmatia, South Croatia was carried out: Babuljaš, Veliki Školj, St Justina, Mali and Veliki Žavinac. Altogether, 257 vascular flora taxa were recorded. The flora of the islet Veliki Školj had 159 taxa, that of St Justina 118, Veliki Žavinac 115, Mali Žavinac 105 and Babuljaš 95.The largest number of taxa were found in the families Fabaceae (40 taxa; 15.56%), Poaceae (36 taxa;14.00%) and Asteraceae s.l. (31 taxa; 12.06%). Regarding life forms, therophytes prevailed (49.42%). The chorological spectrum highlights a clear dominance of Mediterranean taxa (50.19%). Their percentage contribution did not significantly differ among the islets (47.62-53.04%).There were four endemic, eight endangered and eight strictly protected plant taxa. No neophytes were found except Conyza sumatrensis which was observed on the islet of St Justina. © 2015, Croatian Natural History Museum. All rights reserved.


Milovic M.,Medical and Chemical School | Pandza M.,Primary School Murterski skoji
Natura Croatica | Year: 2014

Senecio inaequidens DC. (Asteraceae) is a neophyte of South African origin, accidentally introduced in wool exports to Europe at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. Since the 1970s it has spread rapidly in Central, West and South Europe. After the recently published finding in Hrvatsko Zagorje (Sv. Križ Začretje), two new sites from Dalmatia (Dicmo and Biograd) are presented in this paper. Because of the appropriate climate and a large number of suitable habitats, we can expect that S. inaequidens will become naturalized and will expand in Croatia.


Jasprica N.,University of Dubrovnik | Bogdanovic S.,University of Zagreb | Dolina K.,University of Dubrovnik | RusCic M.,University of Split | And 2 more authors.
Plant Biosystems | Year: 2014

Based on the diagnostic morphological characters of the Arundo taxa, and after both field and herbarium observation, three species (A. micrantha, A. plinii and A. donax) were found along the eastern Adriatic coast. Altogether, 50 phytocoenological relevés from Arundo stands were collected in Croatia, Montenegro and Albania between 2010 and 2013. Three associations with a predominance of Arundo species were determined: Arundinetum plinianae, Arundinetum micranthae and Arundini donacis–Convolvuletum sepium. Among them, Arundinetum micranthae is described and proposed as a new association, belonging to the Artemisietea vulgaris class. It occurs frequently along the coastal belt between the cities of Split and Dubrovnik in South Croatia. The syntaxonomy of the associations is discussed and comparison with similar communities from Italy is made. The vegetation and floristic structure of the associations is discussed as a potential basis for biodiversity conservation programmes and for evaluating the state of these ecosystems in the future. © 2014 Società Botanica Italiana

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