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climaxKlimax (ger.)

  • The point in the ecological succession at which a plant-community reaches a state of equilibrium with its environment, able to reproduce itself indefinitely under existing conditions. (OED)
    development
    1899

    In the historical development of a region the primitive plant societies pass rapidly or slowly into others; at first the changes are likely to be rapid, but as the plant assemblages more and more approaches the climax type of the region, the changes become more slow.

    Cowles, H.C. (1899). The ecological relations of the vegetation on the sand dunes of Lake Michigan. Part I. Bot. Gaz. 27, 95-117: 112.

    1908

    the primary characteristic of the climax is its relative stability due to a dominance or relative equilibrium produced by the severe environmental and biotic selection and adjustment throughout the process of succession

    Adams, C.C. (1908). The ecological succession of birds. Auk 25, 109-53: 139.

    1911

    climax vegetation

    Harper, R.M. (1911). The relation of climax vegetation to islands and peninsulas. Bull. Torrey Bot. Club 38, 515-525.

    1916

    Every complete sere ends in a climax. This point is reached when the occupation and reaction of a dominant are such as to exclude the invasion of another dominant.

    Clements, F.E. (1916). Plant Succession. An Analysis of the Development of Vegetation: 105; not in: Clements, F.E. (1905). Research Methods in Ecology!