Chin J Plant Ecol ›› 2024, Vol. 48 ›› Issue (1): 127-134.DOI: 10.17521/cjpe.2022.0246

Special Issue: 植被生态学

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Characteristics of main plant communities on uninhabited islands in Bohai Sea, China

XIAO Lan1,2,3,*, DONG Biao3,*, ZHANG Lin-Ting3, DENG Chuan-Yuan4, LI Xia3, JIANG De-Gang3,**(), LIN Yong-Ming1   

  1. 1Forestry College, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, Fuzhou 350002, China
    2Fujian Provincial Key Laboratory of Marine Ecological Conservation and Restoration, Xiamen, Fujian 361000, China
    3Island Research Center, Ministry of Natural Resources, Fujian Key Laboratory of Island Monitoring and Ecological Development, Pingtan, Fujian 350400, China
    4College of Landscape Architecture and Art, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, Fuzhou 350002, China
  • Received:2022-06-14 Accepted:2023-04-05 Online:2024-01-20 Published:2024-01-02
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Nine uninhabited islands with different sizes, laying on the coast of Bohai Sea, were selected as research objects for a further understanding and study of the characteristics of plant communities. By using the method of sample plot survey, we investigated a total of 66 sample plots, covering the study of species composition, and the number of individuals, height and diameter at breast height (DBH) of woody plants, etc. 140 species of vascular plants belonging to 38 families and 98 genera were investigated through sampling plot method. The results showed that Asteraceae, Poaceae, Fabaceae were the most abundant families in the communities. Moreover, the native forest vegetation has been replaced by secondary ones dominated by Robinia pseudoacacia, Pinus thunbergii, Ailanthus altissima, and Ulmus macrocarpa, respectively. Meanwhile, temperate deciduous shrubland became zonal vegetation type in this area, and the representative communities are dominated by Ziziphus jujuba var. spinosa, Periploca sepium, Flueggea suffruticosa, Celastrus orbiculatus, respectively. And representative herbaceous alliances are dominated by Artemisia argyi, Suaeda salsa, A. capillaris, and Themeda triandra, respectively. In general, the species diversity of island plant communities is relatively low, belonging to vulnerable vegetation.

Key words: Bohai Sea, plant community, species composition, uninhabited island