Apennine deciduous montane forest

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Mixed forest (Abies alba and Fagus sylvatica) in Foreste Casentinesi, Monte Falterona, Campigna National Park

The Apennine deciduous montane forests, a temperate broadleaf and mixed forests biome, are an ecoregion in the mountain ranges of northern and central Italy, including the Apennine Mountains.

Description

Vegetation zones

The ecoregion has two major vegetation zones:
1. Extensive forests

With sporadic presence of Quercus ssp., Fraxinus ssp., Acer ssp. and other central - European broadleaved species.

2. Mountain summit meadows and cushion scrubs, with the predominant species:

Endemic species

There are a high number of endemic species increasing at higher elevations and representing between 10 and 20% of the total flora.

Alpine species include

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