Plant Diversity ›› 2011, Vol. 33 ›› Issue (6): 615-621.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1143.2011.11054

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Large Scale Permanent Plot Can Do Well for the Floristic Study of Seed Plants

 PEI  Nan-Cai   

  1. Research Institute of Tropical Forestry, Chinese Academy of Forestry, Guangzhou 510520, China
  • Online:2011-12-25 Published:2012-02-24

Abstract:

Large scale permanent plots (LSPP) work as important platform for longterm research on biodiversity, community phylogenetics and evolution, and ecosystem function in forests. The paper selected four Chinese forest dynamics plots representing four climatic types of Chinese vegetation (Xishuangbanna in tropics, Dinghushan in southern subtropics, Gutianshan in middle subtropics, and Changbaishan in temperate zone) to analyze the arealtypes of seed plants at the level of family, genus, and species, according to the approach of Wu et al. The results showed that Xishuangbanna was characteristic of the margin of tropical flora, Dinghushan was characteristic of the transition from tropical flora to subtropical flora, Gutianshan being characteristic of typical subtropical flora, and Changbaishan being characteristic of temperate zone. These results were consistent with previous findings in Chinese forests, exhibiting distinctly geographic distribution of Chinese genera along altitude gradient, which indicated that the comparatively floristic analysis of multiregion, benefiting from the LSPP platform sharing original data, was testified to be feasible and effective.

Key words: Chinese forest, Floristic analysis, Biodiversity, Forest dynamics plot

CLC Number: 

  • Q 948