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climax vegetation


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If a bare surface becomes available for colonization by plants, the vegetation will pass through a succession of so-called seral stages as more complex communities replace the earlier, simpler ones. Ultimately a state of equilibrium or climax is reached, which may reflect predominantly the control of climate, soil, or humans. See also climax community; climax theory.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry — Ecology and Conservation.


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