This chapter reviews why standard methods for plant diversity studies have been slow to develop. It provides specific examples why plant diversity studies are inherently difficult due to issues of taxonomy, phonology, and species rarity. In addition, it shows that designing plant diversity studies also is hampered by plant-to-plant neighborhood scale variability, landscape-to-regional scale variability, and long-term changes in plant diversity brought about by immigration, particularly plant species invasions from other countries.
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