AESTHETICS OF RUDERAL VEGETATION IN THE URBAN AND PERI-URBAN AREAS OF OLTENIA (ROMANIA)
This paper renders the importance of the main ruderal plant associations in unarranged urban and peri-urban areas that bring a high contribution to the aesthetics of these places through their floristic composition.
Plants included in this category of vegetation are regarded as "ruderal weeds". The sprawl of the main cities and towns of Oltenia – Craiova, Calafat, Băilești (Dolj County), Rm. Vâlcea, Horezu, Călimăneşti, Drăgăşani, Bălceşti (Vâlcea County), DrobetaTurnu Severin, Orşova (Mehedinţi County), Slatina, Caracal, Corabia (Olt County), Tg. Jiu, Bumbeşti Jiu, Novaci (Gorj County), led to the increase of the surface occupied by this type of vegetation. The preservation or bankruptcy of the factories located at the outskirts of some large cities in Oltenia are other causes of the increase of the surface occupied by this type of vegetation. After analyzing the floristic composition of these surfaces occupied by ruderal vegetation, it was found that there is an appreciable diversity both in terms of number of species and colours of the flowers of these plants. Starting from this last finding, we consider useful to use this type of vegetation for aesthetic purposes.
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