Structure of tree communities and their association with soil properties in two fan-palm dominated forests of east coast Peninsular Malaysia

Mohd. Nizam Mohd. Said, A. R. Jeffri, A. Latiff

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Structure of tree communities and their association with soil properties were investigated in two fan-palm dominated forests at Pahang and Terengganu States of Peninsular Malaysia. Tree species inventory was conducted in one-hectare plots at Endau Rompin State Park (ERSP), Pahang, and at Bukit Bauk Forest Reserve (BBFR), Terengganu, whilst soil sampling was made in 25 selected subplots within 1-ha plot. A total of 1,644 trees of ≥ 5 cm in diameter were enumerated in the 1-ha plot at the ERSP site, while 1,320 trees were surveyed at BBFR site. Enumerated trees at the ERSP comprised 334 species representing 150 genera from 55 families whilst BBFR recorded 100 tree species in 71 genera and 37 families. The most speciose family at ERSP was Myrtaceae (26 species) and at BBFR, Guttiferae and Euphorbiaceae (8 species) were the most species-rich families. At ERSP, the most important species based on the highest importance value (IVI) was Elateriospermum tapos (Euphorbiaceae) with IVI of 1.98%, while in BBFR Parishia paucijuga (Anacardiaceae) was the most important species with IVI of 12.13%. Soil analyses of both study sites showed substantial variation in soil properties. A floristic compositional pattern was observed among all surveyed subplots which were correlated to the edaphic variables as revealed by canonical correspondence analysis. The results indicate that soil factors may play an important role in distribution and beta diversity of plants at the study sites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-226
Number of pages14
JournalTropical Ecology
Volume54
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2013

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Keywords

  • Canonical correspondence analysis
  • Edaphic factors
  • Floristic pattern
  • Species composition
  • Vegetation-environment relationship

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  • Plant Science
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology

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Structure of tree communities and their association with soil properties in two fan-palm dominated forests of east coast Peninsular Malaysia. / Mohd. Said, Mohd. Nizam; Jeffri, A. R.; Latiff, A.

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