AskDefine | Define montane

Dictionary Definition

montane adj : of or inhabiting mountainous regions; "montane flowers"

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  1. of, inhabiting, or growing in mountainous regions, especially cool, moist upland slopes below the timberline.

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  1. Flora and fauna of a montane habitat.
    • 2005, Peter Taylor, Beyond Conservation: A Wildland Strategy, page 84
      The wintergreens, and northern montanes such as Linnaea have their stronghold in these pinewoods and some of their rarity may be due to the reduction in the extent of the forest.



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Extensive Definition

Montane is a biogeographic term which refers to highland areas located below the tree line. Montane regions generally have cooler temperatures and often have higher rainfall than the adjacent lowland regions, and are frequently home to distinct communities of plants and animals.
Areas above the tree line are known as alpine regions.
montane in Spanish: Montano
montane in Indonesian: Montane
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