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Dicranopteris Linearis Common Name in Malaysia

Dicranopteris Linearis Common Name in Malaysia

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A Guide to the Plants of Kent Ridge
A Guide to the Plants of Kent Ridge
Welcome! This page is intended to be an online resource for theuse of teachers, students, and the general public. Within youcan find information on the vegetation of Kent Ridge, as well asdescriptions of the various common species of plants that canbe found there. TheIntroductionis a brief essay on variousaspects of Ridge vegetation, while thePlantspage gives simpledescriptions of plant life, as well as an artificial key to aid inidentifying common Ridge trees. TheReferencessection gives alist of books and articles for further reading.IntroductionPlantsReferencesThis webpage done Dec 2001 by Brandon Seah for theRaffles Museum of Biodiversity Research,Department of Biological  Sciences,National University of Singapore.
http://habitatnews.nus.edu.sg/heritage/pasirpanjang/ridgeplants/index.htm20/06/2007 16:54:22
A Guide to the Plants of Kent Ridge -- Introduction
There is an interesting variety of plant life on Kent Ridge. Thisguide attempts to be an introduction to common species thatcan be found along the edge of the Kent Ridge forest that runsalongside the stretch of Kent Ridge Road from the CentralLibrary to the staircase behind the Institute of Molecular andCell Biology building. Both natives and naturalized exotics arementioned. Choose from the links below to access various partsof the introduction.
http://habitatnews.nus.edu.sg/heritage/pasirpanjang/ridgeplants/intro.htm20/06/2007 16:54:22
A Guide to the Plants of Kent Ridge -- Introduction
Introduction --
The type of vegetation found on the Ridge is known as
belukar, as
dumosa is its characteristicallymost commonly found tree, and 'belukar' is Malay for secondaryforest. Secondary forest is forest that grows on ground that hasbeen previously cleared of its original vegetation (primaryforest) or disturbed significantly. It is different from primaryvegetation in many ways. For example, the species of plantsgrowing in secondary forests are different from those in primaryforests, and are more adapted to life in its different conditions.These different conditions include increased light intensity,lower humidity, higher temperatures, etc. In order to surviveand be successful, plants in secondary forests also have to growquickly and be easily and widely dispersed, so that they maycolonize newly disturbed ground before other plants do.
belukar is found on degraded land, whereas anothertype of belukar, Trema belukar, dominated by
sp. andsimilar plants is found in naturally occurring gaps in primaryforest, where the soil is still rich in nutrients and not degraded.
belukar was first qualitatively described by Holttum(1954a), and later by Sim et al (1992). Wee and Corlett (1986)have given a semi-popular account of secondary vegetation inSingapore, and Corlett (1991) has described the various stagesof development in Singapore's secondary vegetation based onstudies in the Central Catchment area. In general, belukar hasseveral distinct differences from primary forest. Firstly, itsfloristic diversity is much lower, with more plants per speciesper unit area than primary forest. Secondly, temperature andhumidity fluctuations are much greater. The belukar is highlyexposed to the elements, hence in the day it is very warm andduring the night it is very cool. It is much drier too, for thebelukar's average minimum relative humidity is 62% whereasprimary forests experience at least 76%. Thirdly, the soil ismuch poorer, lacking various nutrients due to its previous uses.Rain and other erosive agents wash away humus and organicmaterial as well. In short, belukar is hotter, drier, and poorerthan primary forests. Its various aspects are explored in detail
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