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Plant communities and tree species associations in a Miombo ecosystem in the Lake Rukwa basin, Southern Tanzania: implications for conservation

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dc.contributor.author Munishi, Pantaleo K.T.
dc.contributor.author Temu, Ruwa-Aichi P. C.
dc.contributor.author Soka, G.
dc.date.accessioned 2022-05-19T15:08:23Z
dc.date.available 2022-05-19T15:08:23Z
dc.date.issued 2011-02
dc.identifier.issn 2006- 9847
dc.identifier.uri https://www.suaire.sua.ac.tz/handle/123456789/4199
dc.description.abstract This study assessed the plant communities and species associations in the eastern Miombo woodlands eco-region of the Lake Rukwa basin southern Tanzania. Information was collected from 288 temporary sample plots in 32 sampling sites established randomly in the area and covering as much variation in the landscape as possible. Detailed analysis of the vegetation identified six tree communities of conservation importance, which included Brachystegia boehmii-Pericopsis angolensis woodland, Julbernardia globiflora woodland, Combretum molle-Sclerocarya birrea-Combretum zeyherii-Acacia seyal var fistula woodland, Bridelia cathartica-Diospyros mespiliformis woodland, Brachystegia bussei- Pterocarpus tinctorius woodland and Brachystegia microphylla-Isoberlinia tomentosa-Hymenocardia acida- Syzygium owariense woodland. Majority of the described plant communities are typical of Miombo ecosystems dominated by trees belonging mainly to the genera Brachystegia and Julbernardia. A mixture of non-legume species but typical of the Miombo ecosystem, however, dominates two out of six described plant communities. Apparently, there is high variability of plant communities in the Miombo ecosystem of southern Tanzania, an indication of the diverse nature of the Miombo ecosystem, also, an implication of high species diversity. This documentation on the patterns of species assemblages is the beginning of unveiling the diversity of assemblage of species in dry forest ecosystems which occupy a wide area in the region. These associations are important targets for conservation and monitoring vegetation changes in this ecosystem. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Academic Journals en_US
dc.subject Miombo ecosystem en_US
dc.subject Plant communities en_US
dc.subject Species associations en_US
dc.title Plant communities and tree species associations in a Miombo ecosystem in the Lake Rukwa basin, Southern Tanzania: implications for conservation en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.url http://www.academicjournals.org/jene en_US


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