Ecological characteristics of a Gonystylus bancanus-rich area in Pekan Forest Reserve, Pahang, Malaysia

Khali Aziz Hamzah, Ismail Parlan, Abd Rahman Kassim, Che Hashim Hassan, Grippin Akeng, Mohd. Nizam Mohd. Said

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Abstract

Tropical peat swamp forest (PSF) is a unique wetland ecosystem with distinct vegetation types. Due to the waterlogged environment, the stand characteristics in this ecosystem are different from those of other inland forests. This paper highlights stand characteristics of a PSF based on our investigation of a 1 ha ecological plot established in a Virgin Jungle Reserve (VJR) at Compartment 100, Pekan Forest Reserve, Pahang, Malaysia. This site is considered a Gonystylus bancanus-rich area. From the inventory, we recorded a total of 49 tree species from 38 genera and 25 families among all trees of ≥ 10 cm in diameter at breast height. Calophyllum ferrugineum var. ferrugineum was the most abundant species, followed by G. bancanus. The forest appeared healthy, as all tree characteristics (crown shape, log grade and climber infestation) generally fell within Classes 1 and 2 (good and moderate categories), with the exception of crown illumination which majority of the trees were rated as class 3 (received less sunlight). The latter finding indicates that most of the trees living under the canopy received minimal illumination. In terms of total tree biomass, we estimated that about 414.6 tonnes exist in this 1 ha area; this tree biomass is higher than in some PSF areas of Sumatra, Indonesia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-27
Number of pages13
JournalTropical Life Sciences Research
Volume20
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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Keywords

  • Diversity
  • Ecological studies
  • Peat swamp forest
  • Tree biomass
  • Virgin jungle reserve

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  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
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Ecological characteristics of a Gonystylus bancanus-rich area in Pekan Forest Reserve, Pahang, Malaysia. / Hamzah, Khali Aziz; Parlan, Ismail; Kassim, Abd Rahman; Hassan, Che Hashim; Akeng, Grippin; Mohd. Said, Mohd. Nizam.

In: Tropical Life Sciences Research, Vol. 20, No. 2, 2009, p. 15-27.

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Hamzah, Khali Aziz ; Parlan, Ismail ; Kassim, Abd Rahman ; Hassan, Che Hashim ; Akeng, Grippin ; Mohd. Said, Mohd. Nizam. / Ecological characteristics of a Gonystylus bancanus-rich area in Pekan Forest Reserve, Pahang, Malaysia. In: Tropical Life Sciences Research. 2009 ; Vol. 20, No. 2. pp. 15-27.
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