Species Richness in Plant Communities

  • Peter S. Ashton


Knowledge of species richness is important for establishing priorities in conservation planning and management. Patterns of species richness in four exceptionally species-rich plant communities and correlations between species richness patterns, physical habitat, and historical biogeographic factors are examined here. I conclude that several of the apparently conflicting hypotheses for the maintenance of species richness in plant communities are reconcilable under different ecological circumstances.


Species Richness Plant Community Rain Forest Tropical Rain Forest Lowland Forest 


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