The Subtropical Vegetation of Southwestern China: Plant Distribution, Diversity and Ecology by Cindy Q. TangThe Subtropical Vegetation of Southwestern China: Plant Distribution, Diversity and Ecology by Cindy Q. Tang

The Subtropical Vegetation of Southwestern China: Plant Distribution, Diversity and Ecology

byCindy Q. Tang

Hardcover | May 12, 2015

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This book provides a wealth of high-quality scientific information on the patterns and processes of vegetation change across a broad range of spatial and temporal scales, concentrating on Southwestern China, mostly on the Yunnan region, and extending to the Yangtze River valley near the boundaries separating Chongqing, Sichuan and Guizhou.

Title:The Subtropical Vegetation of Southwestern China: Plant Distribution, Diversity and EcologyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:363 pagesPublished:May 12, 2015Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:9401797404

ISBN - 13:9789401797405

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction

1.1 Environmental setting

1.1.1 Physiography

1.1.2 Climate

1.1.3 Geology

1.2.4 Soils

1.2 Vegetation changes over geological time

1.2.1 Vegetation in the Early Tertiary

1.2.2 Vegetation in the Late Tertiary

1.2.3 Vegetation in the Quaternary

1.3 Floristics and vegetation

1.4 Human influences


Chapter 2 Evergreen broad-leaved forests

2.1 Forest types

2.2 Species diversity

2.3 Leaf size patterns of evergreen broad-leaved trees along the altitudinal gradient

2.3.1 Floristic changes in evergreen broad-leaved trees by altitudes

2.3.2 Leaf size changes along the altitudinal gradient

2.3.3 Leaf traits in the differentiation of forest types

2.4 Structure and dynamics of primary EBLFs

2.5 Secondary succession

2.5.1 Successional trends

2.5.2 Species diversity along the successional gradient

2.5.3 Soil seed banks

2.6 Threats of habitat fragmentation and degradation


Chapter 3 Evergreen sclerophyllousQuercuscommunities

3.1 Distribution and community types

3.2 Species diversity and dynamics of the forests


Chapter 4 Warm temperate coniferous forests

4.1 Distribution and forest types

4.2 Dynamics ofPinus yunnanensisforests after a major fire

4.2.1 Community structure and regeneration

4.2.2 Succession

4.2.3 A model on successional pathways


Chapter 5 Man-made forests

5.1 Controversial opinions

5.2 Plant diversity and regeneration dynamics

5.3 Hydrological characteristics and nutrient loss

5.4 Nutrient cycling

5.4.1 Litter production and nutrient inputs

5.4.2 Soil chemical properties

5.5 Ecosystem processes


Chapter 6 Semi-savannas in hot-dry valleys

6.1 Characteristics of hot-dry valleys

6.2 Semi-savannas

6.2.1 Sparse woody grassland

6.2.2 Thorny succulent shrubland


Chapter 7 Endemism and Tertiary relict forests

7.1 Endemism

7.2 Tertiary relict forests

7.2.1 TheGinkgo bilobaforest

7.2.2 TheMetasequoia glyptostroboidesforest

7.2.3 TheThuja sutchuenensisforest

7.2.4 TheDavidia involucrataforest

7.2.5 TheTetracentron sinenseforest

7.2.6 TheLiriodendron chinenseforest, with special reference to village fengshui forest

7.2.7 Tertiary relict trees and their habitats


Chapter 8 Relations to neighboring regions

8.1 Phytogeographic considerations

8.2 The subtropical evergreen broad-leaved forests of SW China as compared to those in other regions

8.2.1 As compared with other Chinese regions

8.2.2 As compared with Japan

8.2.3 As compared with Southeast Asia

8.2.4 As compared with the eastern Himalayas