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(garigue)

A low-growing, secondary vegetation which is widespread in the Mediterranean basin and is derived from the original mixed forest. The dominant plants are aromatic herbs and prickly dwarf shrubs, with drought-resistant foliage, many belonging to the mint family (Lamiaceae) or Fabaceae. Garrigue is a degraded, fire-prone form of vegetation produced by intensive grazing and other human-based activities. See also Mediterranean scrub.

Subjects: Ecology and Conservation — Plant Sciences and Forestry.


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