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Type: Journal Article

Title: Classification of natural forest communities of coastal British Columbia, Canada

Date: 1996

Author(s): Karel Klinka; Hong Qian; Jim Pojar; Del V. Meidinger

Journal Name: Vegetatio

Volume: 125

Pages: 149-168

Description: In comparison to countries with a tradition of vegetation studies, a comprehensive, hierarchical classification of plant communities in the province of British Columbia has not yet been developed. Such a classification is needed for systematic ecological studies and coordinated conservation of vegetation. As the culmination of fifty years of detailed surveys, tabular and multivariate analyses of 3779 releves of natural, old-growth, submontaine, montaine, and subalpine forest communities in coastal British Columbia were used to develop a hierarchy of vegetation units according to the Braun-Blanquet approach. At the highest level, we distinguished seven orders: Quercus garryana, Pseudotsuga menziesii-Mahonia nervosa, Tsuga heterophylla-Rhytidiadelphus loreus, Tsuga mertensiana, Thuja plicata-Tiarella trifoliata, Populus trichocarpa, and Pinus contorta-Sphagnum. Diagnostic table, ordination, and climatic and edaphic regimes were used to show floristic affinities among the orders and to interpret their relationships to regional environmental gradients. Plant communities of each order were briefly characterized by their floristic composition, physiognomy, succession, and environment. The synopsis for all delineated vegetation units (order, suborder, alliance, and association) of coastal British Columbia is included.

Physical Description: 19-page document

Document Location: CBT Library - Filing Cabinet

Document Identifier: FC/FORe/KLI

Geographic-general: West Coast Vancouver Island, Pacific Northwest

Format: Print

Language: English