LIANA ABUNDANCE, DIVERSITY AND TREE INFESTATION IN THE IMBAK CANYON CONSERVATION AREA, SABAH, MALAYSIA

TitleLIANA ABUNDANCE, DIVERSITY AND TREE INFESTATION IN THE IMBAK CANYON CONSERVATION AREA, SABAH, MALAYSIA
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsKammesheidt L, Berhaman A, Tay J, Abdullah G, Azwal M
JournalJournal of Tropical Forest Science
Volume21
Pagination265-271
Date PublishedJul
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number0128-1283
Accession NumberISI:000268897800011
KeywordsBORNEO, dipterocarp forest, FOREST, geographical pattern, KALIMANTAN, liana-tree relationship, lowland mixed, NATIONAL-PARK, other climbers, Sarawak, Spatholobus, taxonomic diversity
Abstract

KAMMESHEIDT L, BERHAMAN A, TAY J, ABDULLAH G & AZWAL M. 2009. Liana abundance, diversity and tree infestation in the Imbak Canyon Conservation Area, Sabah, Malaysia. We investigated the liana diversity and liana-tree relationship ill lowland dipterocarp forest a Imbak Canyon, a recently designated conservation area ill the heart of Sabah, Malaysia and Compared the results with similar studies in the region. In the two 0.1-ha plots, a total of 23 liana species were found growing canopy-ward on trees >= 10 cm diameter at breast height (dbh); dipterocarps were less infested by lianas than non-dipterocarps. The liana species belonged to 12 families and 16 genera. Fabaceae followed by Annonaceae and Icacinaceae were the most abundant and species-rich families. The floristic pattern and the stem density of lianas > 1 cm dbh were similar to other studies conducted in Sabah and northern Sarawak at comparable elevation and site conditions but were distinct from other sites in tropical Asia where Annonaceae is the prevalent climber family. The dominance of species of the genus Spatholobus (Fabaceae) may be it conspicuous feature of lowland dipterocarp forests in Sabah under mesotrophic conditions.

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