Assessment of Aboveground Biomass Stockpile of Lianas in Three Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest Sites of Southern Coromandel Coast Peninsular India
UDAYAKUMAR M; SEKAR T
INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
It has been recognized that lianas play many roles in forest ecosystem. This study was conducted in three tropical dry evergreen forest sites at southern Coromandel Coast peninsular India. All lianas =1 cm diameter a t breast height (dbh) were inventoried. Recorded lianas were identified up to species level with regional floras. This study d eveloped a forest-specific regression equation for liana biomass assessment in TDEFs. A total of 25 species belonged to 2 4 genera and 19 families were recorded from study area. Stand basal area ranged from 0.47 to 1.55 m2 ha-1. On an average each site stored 2145.3 kg of dry biomass in lianas. Species richness basal area and biomass storage of lianas estimated in present study are comparable with world’s tropical forests. Need for liana inventories and assessment of contribution of lianas to biomass storage of forests are emphasized.