Distribution pattern of Rhododendron aganniphum var. schizopeplum population at the timberline of Sejila Mountains, Tibet of China

GUO Qi-qiang; LUO Da-qing; LU Jie; MA He-ping
May 2013
Yingyong Shengtai Xuebao;May2013, Vol. 24 Issue 5, p1329
Academic Journal
Rhododendron aganniphum var. schizopeplum grows at the elevation of 4300-4500 m in Sejila Mountains, being a dominant species of shrub layer at the timberline of southeast Tibet. Based on the sampling plot investigation and basal diameter structure analysis, this paper studied the distribution pattern of R. aganniphum var. schizopeplum population at the timberline of Sejila Mountains. With the increase of altitude, the population density of R. aganniphum var. schizopeplum increased, but the population height decreased. At the same altitudes, the population density on the shady slope was larger than that on the sunny slope, while the basal diameter was smaller. On the two slope directions, the distribution of the basal diameter classes of the population appeared as "∩" shape, i. e. , middle-aged individuals were more, while seedlings and saplings were relatively less. The intraspecific competition of R. aganniphum var. schizopeplum population was in the form of wave, being stronger on shady slope than on sunny slope, and existing self-thinning.


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