Epiphyte Diversity in Primary and Fragmented Forests of Cameroon, Central Africa: A Preliminary Survey



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Nkongmeneck, B.-A., Lowman, M. D., & Atwood, J. T. (2002). Epiphyte Diversity in Primary and Fragmented Forests of Cameroon, Central Africa: A Preliminary Survey. Selbyana, 23(1), 121–130. Retrieved from https://ojs.test.flvc.org/selbyana/article/view/121632


In this study our objectives were to compare the diversity of epiphytes in undisturbed and fragmented forests, to identify the most abundant host tree species, and to collect specimens for the University of Yaounde. To protect epiphytes in villages where these plants are often perceived as parasites (especially of fruit trees), the senior author organized conservation classes for local villagers who participated in data collection at each site. Preliminary results showed that epiphytic flora was rich in disturbed forests of Cameroon and that preservation of forest fragments may benefit epiphyte conservation. The most abundant host tree species differ in both intact and disturbed habitats at each site. Human disturbance, despite reducing epiphyte population sizes, serves as a catalyst for promoting change (and perhaps a shortterm increase) in diversity by increasing habitat diversity.


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