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Title: Composition and distribution of vascular epiphytes in atropical semideciduous forest, Ghana
Authors: Addo-Fordjour, Patrick
Anning, Alexander Kofi
Addo, Mathew Glover
Osei, Margaret Frimpomaa
Keywords: composition
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Abstract: The composition and distribution of vascular epiphytes were studied in two 1-ha plots in the KNUST Botanic garden, Ghana. One-hectare plot each was randomly set up in secondary and cultivated forests for the identification and enumeration of trees and shrubs (‡10 cm dbh), and epiphytes. Each tree was carefully examined, noting the presence, positions and life-forms of all epiphytes. Twentynine epiphyte (29) species belonging to fourteen genera and eleven families were identified in the study. These were hosted by 48 tree species and occurred in three life-forms: hemi-epiphytes (45%), casual epiphytes (45%) and true epiphytes (10%). The vascular epiphyte species made up 25.7% of all the identified plant species (excluding herbs and climbers) encountered. Host species (P < 0.001), habitat (P = 0.001) and their interaction (P < 0.001) had strong effects on epiphyte composition in the forests. Moraceae was the most dominant family (44.8%), while Nephrolepis undulata J. Sm. and N. biserrata (Sw.) Scott. were the commonest species of epiphytes. In terms of vertical distribution, most epiphytes were located on the trunk, while a few occurred in the canopy.
Description: An article published by Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/12748
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