cont.: "VEGETATION DYNAMICS OF MACCHIE ...." by Harald Kehl (TU-Berlin)
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  4. Evaluation of the vegetation relevees for the characterisation of sites and species combinations
  4.1. General characteristics of the settlement area
The Macchie adjoining on the ruderal vegetation to the west, north and east of Nebiler (see Fig. 4), with stands of Pinus brutia which are continuous in some places, was only registered phytosociologically at its perimeter. The well-preserved Pinus brutia forest to the west of the village, along the road to Termessos and Korkuteli, only has slight shrub layers with isolated Quercus coccifera and Phillyrea latifolia. An habitual dwarf shrub layer is only devel-oped along a narrow band around the settlement.

The Pinus brutia forest is relatively well-preserved because the state forest, with rather rigid controls against wood extraction, begins right outside the village (oral comm. Düzlercami). Undergrowth is only sporadic due to extraction by the villagers, and intense grazing, at least near the village. At some distance from the village the state forest has dense Macchie undergrowth.

A similar situation is encountered on either side of the road to Antalya, leaving the village to the east. However, there is thick undergrowth under a continuous Pinus brutia forest directly from the edge of the village. The villagers say that this area was privately owned until a few years ago, and grazing and wood-extraction were strictly controlled.

The periphery of the village to the north and south has an extensive pasture-type vegetation, with a mosaic of small shrub complexes intruding more frequently with increasing distance from the village. These complexes merge to form larger and larger units, with some individuals (Quercus coccifera, Phillyrea latifolia and Pistacia terebinthus) reaching heights of 2 to 4m. At some distance from the village the first isolated Pinus brutia occur, and at a greater distance these form smaller continuous stands.

  4.2. Distribution of character species and their groups along the 1st transect
Examining the graph of all species (Figs. 5 and 8), it is apparent that the southern part of the 1st transect shows an almost linear increase of species with decreasing remoteness from the village, and a sudden drop in the extensive pastures. If the species number is correlated with the running relevee number and the distance from the edge of the village (relevee no. 25), a coefficient of 0.91 is obtained, which represents a highly significant increase. The species diversity peaks at the periphery of the village (cf. Figs. 8 and 12), here the CaS of the ruderal, segetal, and range-communities overlap over a large band with the CaS of the Macchie (Quercus coccifera - Pistacia terebinthus) and the species of the extensive pastures.

The marked decline in the numbers of species between positions 20 and 25 coincides with the high dominance of only a few therophytes and a high abundance of species indicating degradation in the pronounced extensive pasture ranges, already a euhemerobic zone of the settlement periphery (cf. Fig. 5). The distribution of the determined CaS groups shows marked differences primarily between the CaS of the Macchie and 'Phrygana' on the one hand, and on the other hand of the extensive pastures and the Macchie clearings, which are rich in therophytes. In contrast to the more-or-less constant numbers per relevee of phanerophytes and chamaephytes of the Macchie and the chamaephytes of the Phrygana, the proportions of therophytes and hemi-cryptophytes of the extensive pastures and Macchie clearings increase the nearer one comes to the village. Although the last-mentioned group is not completely absent from the village centre, it has only a very low cover.

The extensive pasture zone to the south of the village represents the real distribution boundary of the trampling and segetal vegetation, and with some reservations of the ruderal vegetation. It should be noted that some CaS of the Hordeum leporinum - Chenopodium murale association (e.g., Hirschfeldia incana, Sisymbrium officinale and Crepis foetida) stretch far into the boundary zone of the Macchie and Phrygana associations.

There is a marked difference in the proportional dominance of the characteristic groups. In particular the phanerophytes (cf. Table 1) of the Macchie, Quercus coccifera, Phillyrea latifolia and Pistacia terebinthus, as well as Pinus brutia, display high cover values from the start to the middle section of the transect, which then decline almost linearly to the edge of the village. Although the Quercus coccifera is well represented in all relevees, it becomes less and less frequent in the upper shrub stratum II (1-3 m), and grows in the extensive pastures in cushion shaped formations where it scarcely exceeds 1 m.

Fig. 5: Profile of the research area with the distribution of the character species (CaS) groups on the 1st and 2nd transect (I = number of species, II = cover values)
Table 1: Relevees of the 1st transect from the escarpment of the travertine terrace to the extensive pastures of the settlement of Nebiler, arranged according to character species (CaS) groups.
The cover values of the CaS in the extensive pastures and the Macchie increase more or less in parallel with the rising number of species, showing only two notable divergences. Near the escarpment of the travertine terrace there is a massed occurrence of Plantago arenaria, Plantago lagopus and Lophochloa phleoides (see Fig. 5). This is due to the numerous sheep walks and small clearings attributable to the sporadic passage of the nomads along the edge of the terrace.

The marked drop of species diversity in the extensive pastures reflects the high dominance of Evax eriosphaera (cf. Fig. 9) and Asteriscus aquaticus, which occur only here, as well as Plantago cretica and Pl. lagopus, well represented in all relevees which form a thick carpet in some places. Adjacent clearings or free areas are frequently dominated by a single species. Although the character species of the Phrygana generally show an even distribution, declining only on the extensive pasture ranges, the cover values do increase somewhat near the edge of the escarpment, namely by Cistus creticus, C. salviifolius and Thymus revolutus.

Of the indicator species for degradation or severe overgrazing (cf. Walter 1968: 75, Knapp 1965: 138, Polunin 1977: 173), above all the two geophytes Asphodelus microcarpus and Urginea marititma should be mentioned, since they have their greatest distribution in the highly degraded Macchie of the 'mixed zone' and in the extensive pastures. Euphorbia sibthorpii has an increased dominance on the extensive pastures and the adjacent zones, but is also present sporadically over the entire area of investigation.

  4.3. The centre of the settlement with broad mixed zones on the north-west edge of the village
Today the centre of the Nebiler settlement lies to the south of the Antalya/Korkuteli road, with only a few buildings and a large cistern on the northern side. The small gardens, surrounded by dry stone walls, are irregularly laid out and planted with intertilled crops during the winter season. Most of the single-story houses and sheds are on a north-south axis. With the exception of one large olive garden, some carob and almond trees, very occasionally Rhus coriaria are also found near dry stone walls. The arable fields around the village are only extensive in the north, where their outer edges reach in small bays into the surrounding Macchie.

On the fields themselves there are isolated bush-complexes of Quercus coccifera and Phillyrea latifolia, as well as some proud Pinus brutia on the eastern edge of the village. To the north the Pistacia terebinthus stand is harvested to provide fodder.

When considering the two transects through the settlement it should be borne in mind that the 2nd transect cuts across the fields on the southern edge of the village, so that small bush complexes growing against the stone walls are represented to a greater extent in the vegetation relevees (cf. Fig. 5, mixed zone C). Both in the eastern section of the 3rd transect (cf. Table 3 - not included in this publication!) and in the northern area of the village, there has been sporadic settlement along the existing routes. In order to determine the floristic composition and distribution in these areas the transects were laid through the above mentioned settlement areas.

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