Abstract

Abstract:

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.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1534-6188
Print ISSN
0030-8870
Pages
pp. 229-243
Launched on MUSE
2021-02-17
Open Access
No
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