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Authors: Dinkissa, Beche
Advisors: Sebsebe Demissew(Prof.)
Keywords: Biodiversity
Dry Evergreen Afromontane Forests
Menagesha Suba State Forest
Woody Plant Diversity
Plant Community
Copyright: Jul-2011
Date Added: 30-Jun-2012
Publisher: Addis Ababa University
Abstract: The study presents analysis of woody plant diversity and structure of Menagesha Suba Forest, in Central Highlands of Ethiopia. Seventy five quadrats each 20 m X 20 m were laid out along three line transects in Menagesha Suba State Forest to collect vegetation data. A total of 112 woody plant species, representing 84 genera and 51 families were recorded. The Family Fabaceae with 12 species had the highest number of species followed by Asteraceae, with 8 species, and Rosaceae, Euphorbiaceae, Flacourtiaceae and Oleaceae with 5 species each. The forest had the Shannon- Wiener diversity index of 2.57 and evenness of 0.92. Six community types were recognized from the hierarchical cluster analysis of polythetic divisive TWIINSPAN output: Dovyalis verrucosa - Maytenus arbutifolia, Dovyalis verrucosa - Sideroxylon oxyacanthum, Dovyalis abyssinica - Myrsine africana, Myrsine melanophloeos - Landolphia buchananii, Myrsine africana - Olea europaea subsp. cuspidata and Juniperus procera - Ficus sur. A floristic comparison of Menagesha Suba State Forest with other related forests in Ethiopia revealed relatively high floristic similarity. The analysis of the diameter at breast height distribution shows normal inverted J-shaped pattern. The five most dominant tree species of Menagesha Suba State Forest occupied 41.77% of total important value index. By recognizing the significance of Menagesha Suba State Forest, recommendation is made to improve the protection and conservation status of the forest, through modern joint forest management approaches and sustainable utilization.
Description: A Thesis submitted to the School of Graduate Studies of Addis Ababa University in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Science in Biology ( Plant Biology and Biodiversity Management)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/3233
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