THE MACAL RIVER: A FLORISTIC AND PHYTOSOCIOLOGICAL STUDY OF A THREATENED RIVERINE VEGETATION COMMUNITY IN BELIZE

Urban, L and BRIDGEWATER, S. G. M. and HARRIS, D. J. (2006) THE MACAL RIVER: A FLORISTIC AND PHYTOSOCIOLOGICAL STUDY OF A THREATENED RIVERINE VEGETATION COMMUNITY IN BELIZE. Edinburgh Journal of Botany, 63.

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    Abstract

    A species checklist is presented for a stretch of the seasonally flooded Macal River in the Cayo District of Belize, together with preliminary phytosociological data for the primary riverine communities. A total of 229 species were recorded in the seasonally flooded riparian zone, representing 7% of the flora of Belize. Results of quantitative sampling indicate that Inga vera subsp. vera dominates the river corridor. Other important woody associates include Cuphea calophylla, C. utriculosa, Calyptranthes bartlettii, C. lindeniana, Lindenia rivalis, Pleuranthodendron lindenii, Calliandra tergemina and Nectandra salicifolia. One of the most significant threats to riparian vegetation in the region is the Chalillo Dam upstream of the study site. The current work provides baseline floristic and ecological data for this threatened riparian habitat and documents the structure and composition of vegetation that exists downstream from the dam before its construction.

    Item Type: Peer-reviewed Journal Article
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    Unique ID or DOI: 10.1017/S0960428606000436
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    Keywords: Belize, Chalillo Dam, floristics, Macal River, Maya Mountains, phytosociology, riparian vegetation, riverine community
    Subjects: (A) Biodiversity > (AH) Plants
    (C) Ecosystems > (CC) Terrestrial > (CCC) Wetlands
    (F) People and the Environment > (FA) Environmental Health
    (H) Protected Areas > (HC) Forest Reserve
    Publication Sources: (3) Other Source > (3C) Other Universities
    Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2010 10:20
    Last Modified: 20 Jan 2011 14:50
    URI: http://eprints.uberibz.org/id/eprint/10

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