Vegetational Diversity of Shrub Across Different Habitat in Garhwal Himalaya

Asian Journal of Biological and Life Sciences ,2012,1,3,226-232.
Published:December 2012
Type:Research Article
Author(s) affiliations:

Jagdish Chandra, Vardan Singh Rawat*, Y. S. Rawat

Department of Botany, D.S.B. Campus, Kumaun University, Nainital, Uttarakhand, INDIA.


Shrub species richness, shrub density, shrubs diversity, shrub canopy cover and distribution pattern were investigation in low disturbance stands of temperate forest of West Pinder region of Garhwal Himalaya. Four sites were selected viz- stream bank site, dry site, ridge site and moist site. The shrubs density was higher on moist habitat (12847 ind/ha). The maximum species richness was higher on investigated site and minimum on moist habitat. Arundinaria falcata was the most dominant species in terms of IVI (52.15%) reported on moist site. Total canopy cover percent was maximum on moist site (73.09±2.35%) and least on ridge site (39.07±7.94%). Species diversity was higher on stream bank (3.95) and least on moist habitat (3.53) and concentration of dominance ranged from 0.081 to 0.118.