Plant Habitats

Plant growth is a complex phenomenon, with much of an individual plant’s success being influenced by the environment in which it grows. Environmental conditions such as temperature, solar radiation, soil conditions, in tandem with competitive and symbiotic interactions, help determine where plants grow.

Understanding plant distribution is complex, but scientists have made good headway by studying biogeography, where plants lives around the world, and paleoecology, where plants have occurred throughout time. Additionally scientists often study plant communities to learn how and why certain groups of plants have similar distribution patterns.

Divide into 3 regions: Alpine, Subalpine, Lowland

^^^ Describe habitat types with links to representative plant species – Forest, taiga, tundra (dry, moist, wet), gravel bars, scree slopes, ridgelines and rock outcrops