Chamaecyparis montane cloud forest in Taiwan: ecology and vegetation classification

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標題Chamaecyparis montane cloud forest in Taiwan: ecology and vegetation classification
出版類型SCI(Sciences Citation Index)
AuthorsSheng-Zehn Yang, 楊勝任
出版日期2015 / 1

Abstract Montane cloud forest is one of the most
endangered ecosystems. However, there are few comprehensive
studies on the distribution of subtropical
montane cloud forest (SMCF). Chamaecyparis forest is
one type of SMCF in Taiwan, distributed across the
whole island. This study describes eleven types of this
forest in Taiwan based on the Braun-Blanquet approach.
Plots were selected from the National Vegetation
Database of Taiwan. Two alliances were defined,
both of which belong to the order Fagetalia hayatae.
Topography and altitude explain the contrasting habitat
requirements of these two alliances, whereas seasonality
of moisture, soil properties and altitude explain differences
in floristic composition at the association level.
The alliance of Chamaecyparidion formosanae on slopes
and ridges includes coniferous or mixed coniferous andevergreen broad-leaved forests; it is found at higher
altitudes and is more influenced by the summer monsoon
than the other alliance. Five associations are defined
within this alliance. The alliance of Pasanio
kawakamii-Machilion japonicae growing on slopes and
in valleys contains evergreen broad-leaved forests or
forests with a mixture of coniferous and evergreen
broad-leaved species. Six associations can be determined
under the alliance of Pasanio kawakamii-Machilion
japonicae. Classification of each syntaxon was formalized
using Cocktail Determination Key.

期刊名稱Ecological Researches
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