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Vegetation Patterns in Waisoi Primary Rainforest, Southeast Viti Levu, Fiji

Tuiwawa, Marika and Pene, Sarah and Winder, Linton (2021) Vegetation Patterns in Waisoi Primary Rainforest, Southeast Viti Levu, Fiji. Pacific Science, 74 (3). 229 - 243. ISSN 0030-8870

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The vegetation composition and structure of “pristine” primary lowland rainforest in Waisoi, south Viti Levu, Fiji were assessed quantitatively by recording all trees with a diameter at breast height > 1 cm within sample plots covering the topographic range of the Waisoi area. The tree flora comprised 78 recognizable taxa, 68 of which were recorded to species. Of these 68 species, 61 were endemic. Four forest types were evaluated; “River Flat,” “Slope,” “Ridge,” and “Quasi-montane.” Differences in stem density, species richness, and diversity were observed across the forest types. The River Flat and Quasi-montane forest types were distinct from each other and from Slope and Ridge forests. Canopy structure was characterized for each of these forest types and illustrated with profile diagrams.

Item Type: Journal Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Fiji, forest, Melanesia, PABITRA, primary, South Pacific, Viti Levu
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QK Botany
Divisions: School of Accounting, Finance and Economics (SAFE)
Depositing User: Fulori Nainoca - Waqairagata
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2022 05:21
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2022 05:21

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