A simple model for pattern formation in clonal-growth plants

Ruiz-Reynés, Daniel; Schönsberg, Francesca; Hernández-García, Emilio; Gomila, Damià
Submitted, (2019)

Clonal plants reproduce by generating new plants from a piece of an existing one without the need of producing seeds or spores. They form a whole family of plants, including terrestrial and marine species. However, the specific features of clonal growth are not taken into account in prototypical models to study vegetation patterns. On the other hand, including all details leads to a rather complicated model. Here we propose a generic model that includes all main clonal-growth features and reproduces the phase diagram of a fully detailed model. The relation of each term of the model with the mechanisms of clonal growth is discussed.

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