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The flora, vegetation, and conservation value of mesic forest at Dogotuki, Vanua Levu, Fiji Islands

Keppel, Gunnar and Rounds, Isaac and Thomas, Nunia T. (2006) The flora, vegetation, and conservation value of mesic forest at Dogotuki, Vanua Levu, Fiji Islands. New Zealand Journal of Botany, 44 (3). pp. 273-292. ISSN 0028-825X

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Abstract

The flora and vegetation of an area in north-eastern Vanua Levu that is part of Fiji’s last major system of mesic forest were studied and revealed a mosaic of vegetation types, including mesic sclerophyll forest, transition forest, stunted Dacrydium nidulum forest, mangrove forest, montane forest, brackish and freshwater wetlands, and disturbed landscapes. This is much more diverse than indicated by the previous “dry forest” label. The flora comprises more than 268 native species, several of which are rare or narrowly distributed. Relatively large and undisturbed stretches of vegetation and the presence of rare and novel species and vegetation types suggest that the landowners should be given every possible assistance in protecting this unique landscape.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Q Science > QK Botany
Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
Depositing User: Ms Neha Harakh
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2006 11:54
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2012 15:28
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/3998
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