Plant Ecology

, Volume 220, Issue 3, pp 293–304 | Cite as

The differential responses of woody and herbaceous climbers to selective logging and supporter structure in a temperate forest of Xiaolong Mountain, China

  • Yaoxin GuoEmail author
  • Peng Zhao
  • Jing Bu
  • Ming Yue


Knowledge of the responses of climbing plants to disturbance is important in understanding the ecology of climber but still lacking a general agreement. The present study quantified the diversity and abundance of climbing plants and self-supporting woody plants in 15 selectively logged and 11 unlogged forest stands in Xiaolong Mountain of Qinling Mountains, and further compared the difference of lianas and vines in response to selective logging and the structure of self-supporting woody plants. A total of 315 liana individuals belonging to 14 species, 11 genera and 9 families and 232 vine individuals belonging to 13 species, 12 genera, and 9 families were identified in the investigated stands. There were significant differences in diversity and abundance of lianas between the logged and unlogged stands, whereas vines had no apparent differences. Twining was the most common climbing mechanism used both by lianas and vines. Liana diversity showed positive relationship with tree abundance, but vine diversity was positively related with shrub diversity. The results suggest that lianas and vines respond differently to forest abiotic and biotic environments.


Diversity Lianas Vines Selective logging Self-supporting woody plants 



We thank the Forestry Research Institute of Mt. Xiaolong for their approval for the work and logistical support. We also thank Xiaosi Guo of College of Life Science of Northwest A&F University for his help in species identification in the field. This study was financially supported by Natural Science Foundation of Shanxi Province of China (2016JQ3002).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Resource Biology and Biotechnology in Western China (Ministry of Education)Northwest UniversityXi’anChina
  2. 2.Northwest Institute of Forest Inventory, Planning and DesignState Forestry Administration of ChinaXi’anChina

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