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areal cover

A measure of dominance that defines the degree to which above ground portions of plants cover the ground surface; it is possible for the total areal cover for all strata combined in a community or for single stratum to exceed 100 percent because: most plant communities consist of two or more vegetative strata; areal cover is estimated by vegetative layer; and foliage within a single layer may overlap.

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