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zones the snow cover can last up to three months. In geological sense the northern slopes of Matokit Mt are composed of well-bedded (20-150 cm thick) Turonian limestone. Prevailing soils are shallow soils, with a significant share of stone fragments. In the areas between 500 and 1000 m a.s.l. there are brown soils (calcocambisol), and above 1000 m black soils on carbonate basis (calcomelanosol) (Martinović 2000).
In spite of the fact that botanical studies of broader area of Biokovo Massif started 60 years ago (Kušan 1956, 1969; Domac 1957; Radić 1974, 1976, 1977; Lovrić and Rac 1987; Rac and Lovrić 1987; Šilić and Šolić 1999, 2002; Pavletić 2002; Trinajstić 2002; Hršak and Alegro 2008; Alegro 2010), still botanical unexplored areas exist, and tharefore we founded necessary to fill this gap. The study area of Matokit Mt as a part of Biokovo Massif was chosen because its vascular flora has never been studied systematically in the past. Sporadically floristic records of invasive and threatened plant species of Matokit Mt were published by Vukojević (2011), Vukojević and Vitasović Kosić (2012) and Vukojević et al. (2016). Here we present the original results of the first comprehensive botanical study and flora inventory of Matokit Mt, including its foothills, northern and southern slopes performed from 2010 to 2015.
The aim of this study was to fill the gap in botanical data of Matokit Mt as s part of Biokovo massif and to (a) perform inventory of the vascular flora, (b) to analyse plant diversity, as well as (c) to provide short overview on some interesting endemic and rare species of this mountain for species protection and conservation management of this area. The list of vascular flora includes an overview on some endemic, threatened, and invasive plant taxa of the Croatian flora.
Study area – Područje istraživanja
Field research of vascular flora was carried out on Matokit Mt, as a part of Biokovo Massif, including its foothills (with nearby settlements), northern and southern slopes, the whole ridge of the mountain, covering different habitats,