Stages of ecological succession
Plants that colonise bare ground are typically hardy and low-growing. In time, shrubs and small trees grow among the first plants, and a shrubland develops. Seedlings of tall forest trees germinate and grow in the shelter of the shrubs, and soon overtop them, forming a young forest. This gets taller and more complex over time. In the mature forest, individual trees die and young saplings grow up to replace them, but the forest’s composition and structure basically remain the same for centuries.
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Maggy Wassilieff. 'Forest succession and regeneration - Forest succession', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 8-Jul-13
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