Plant Diversity ›› 2012, Vol. 34 ›› Issue (2): 179-186.DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1143.2012.11136

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Species Diversity and Altitudinal Gradient Patterns of Evergreen Broadleaved Forest in MeihuashanNational Natural Reserve, Fujian Province

 KONG  Xiang-Hai-1、2, LI  Zhen-Ji-2   

  1. 1 College of Life Sciences, Longyan University, Longyan 364000, China; 2 College of Life Sciences, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005, China
  • Received:2011-09-23 Online:2012-04-25 Published:2012-02-03


In China, evergreen broadleaved forests (EBLFs) is one of the most important vegetation types which was widly distributed in subtropical area, and it plays a very important role in the global biological diversity and natural environment conservation also. In order to reveal species diversity and altitudinal gradient patterns of evergreen broadleaved forest in Meihuashan National Natural Reserve, Fujian Province. Five altitude transects were set up at a vertical interval of 200m between 375m and 1300m above sea level in the EBLFs distribution areas, and twentyfour quadrats(14400m2) had been surveyed. Species richness(S), species richness index (dGl), Simpson index (D), ShannonWiener index (H′), Pielou evenness index (J) had been used for analysis of species diversity and altitudinal gradient pattern of EBLFs. The average value of S,  dGl, H′,J and D were 64.42, 10.75, 5.75, 3.50, 0.58 respectively. The difference of community species diversity index(S, dGl, D, H′, and J) was extremely significant between transects, and the altitudinal gradient patterns of species diversity presented the unimodal variable trend, with a peak in the midaltitude(700m-900m). The species richness and ShannonWiener index of different layer were ranked as shrub layer (include young tree and the plants between layers)>arbor layer>herb layer. The species richness of tree and shrub layer, and ShannonWiener index of tree layer were significantly different between at transects, and trends of altitude gradient was similar to community. The ShannonWiener index of shrub layer and herb layer, and the species richness of herb layer did not change significantly along elevation gradient. Therefore, plant species diversity distribution pattern presented a unimodal variable trend along an elevation gradient, and supported “middomain model” in EBLFs of Meihuashan National Nature Reserve.

Key words:  Evergreen broad-leaved forest, Species diversity, Altitudinal gradient patterns, Meihuashan National Natural Reserve, Fujian

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