International Journal of Applied Research
Vol. 1, Issue 12, Part H (2015)
Influence of canopy cover on plant diversity in pine dominated and mixed broadleaf forest of Kumaun Central Himalaya
Neeta Arya, Jeet Ram
In the present study total two forest stand on different canopy cover (open canopy, moderate canopy and close canopy) were studied to assess the importance of these two parameters in supporting species regeneration and biodiversity in a pine dominated and mixed broadleaf forest between 1300 and 2000 m elevations in the Uttarakhand Himalaya. A total of 32 tree species were recorded in the forest. In all canopy cover the tree species richness was higher at mixed broadleaf forest in comparison to pine dominated forest. The maximum tree species richness (average across all forest) was 4.3, herb species richness 17.3. Higher richness at open canopy may be attributes to the presence of favourable environmental condition especially the availability of light, soil nutrient and moisture may be responsible for this herb species richness. From the present study it become evident that the base of the close canopy can support higher biodiversity and are instrumental in supporting regeneration of several tree and herb species in pine dominated and mixed broadleaf forest.
How to cite this article:
Neeta Arya, Jeet Ram. Influence of canopy cover on plant diversity in pine dominated and mixed broadleaf forest of Kumaun Central Himalaya. International Journal of Applied Research. 2015; 1(12): 520-523.