Chin J Plant Ecol ›› 2018, Vol. 42 ›› Issue (10): 1050-1054.DOI: 10.17521/cjpe.2018.0111

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Species composition and structure characteristics of the major montane shrub communities in the west slope of Helan Mountains, Nei Mongol, China

SU Chuang1,MA Wen-Hong1,*(),ZHANG Xin-Yu1,SU Yun2,MIN Yong-En1,ZHANG Jin-Yuan1,ZHAO Li-Qing1,LIANG Cun-Zhu1   

  1. 1 School of Ecology and Environment, Inner Mongolia University, Hohhot 010000, China
    2 Helan Mountains National Nature Reserve of Nei Mongol, Alxa Zuoqi, Nei Mongol 750306, China
  • Received:2018-05-15 Online:2018-10-20 Published:2018-09-26
  • Contact: Wen-Hong MA
  • Supported by:
    Supported by the National Special Project of Basic Work of Science And Technology(2015FY110300)


Scrubland is the most important vegetation component in Helan Mountains, Nei Mongol, but remians very poorly studied. In order to understand the distribution and growth status of the scrubland resources in this area, the shrub communities in the National Nature Reserve of Helan Mountains were sampled. Using the community data, the characteristics of the community structure were quantitatively analyzed. The results show that the shrub communities along an altitudinal gradient in the National Nature Reserve of Helan Mountains include the following formations: Form. Cotoneaster soongoricus, Form. Syringa oblata, Form. Potentilla parvifolia, Form. Ostryopsis davidiana, Form. Lonicera microphylla, Form. Potentilla glabra, Form. Salix oritrepha and Form. Caragana jubata. Furthermore, we also provide the data on species composition and structures of these montane shrub communities, which could provide insight for the conservation and management of these valuable communities.

Key words: Helan Mountains, montane shrub, community characteristics, species composition