Maquis shrubland

Maquis (UK: /mæˈk/ ma-KEE, US: /mɑːˈk/ mah-KEE, French: [maki]) or macchia (/ˈmɑːkiə/ MAH-kee-ə, Italian: [ˈmakkja]; often macchia mediterranea in Italian; Croatian: makija; Occitan: maquís; Catalan: màquia) is a shrubland biome in the Mediterranean region, typically consisting of densely growing evergreen shrubs.[1][2]

Map of maquis regions of the world
Low maquis in Corsica
High macchia in Sardinia

Maquis is characterized by plants of the family Lamiaceae, genera Laurus and Myrtus, and species Olea europaea, Ceratonia siliqua, and Ficus carica. It is similar to garrigue.[3]

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  1. ^ Habitats of the world. New York: Marshall Cavendish. 2006. pp. 488, 492–493. ISBN 978-0761475231. Retrieved 26 November 2015. maquis shrubland.
  2. ^ Costantini, Edoardo A.C.; Dazzi, Carmelo, eds. (2013). The soils of Italy. Dordrecht: Springer. pp. 30, 78, 80, 83, 255, 283. ISBN 978-9400756410. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Maquis".

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