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Publication Type J
Authors Naz, N., M. Hameed, M. Ashraf, M. Arshad and M. S. A. Ahmad
Title IMPACT OF SALINITY ON SPECIES ASSOCIATION AND PHYTOSOCIOLOGY OF HALOPHYTIC PLANT COMMUNITIES IN THE CHOLISTAN DESERT, PAKISTAN
Source Pakistan Journal of Botany
Author Keywords water status growth vegetation
Abstract Five distinct habitats in the Cholistan desert were explored for phytoecological attributes and species association. Community structure and distributional pattern of the species was mainly dependent on the salinity gradient. Relatively more salt tolerant species viz., Sporobolus ioclados with Aeluropus lagopoides, Haloxylon recurvum and Suaeda fruticosa were the dominant components of highly saline sites, whereas, moderately saline habitats supported less tolerant species Fagonia indica, Cymbopogon jwarancusa and Ochthochloa compressa. The distributional pattern of individual species was affected by the salinity level of the habitats. The association of the species was dependent on the degree of salinity tolerance of individual species. Relatively high salt tolerant species like A. lagopoides, S. ioclados, S. fruticosa, and H. recurvum, showed a broad range of association as compared to the moderately salt tolerant species.
Author Address [Naz, Nargis; Hameed, Mansoor; Ashraf, Muhammad; Ahmad, M. Sajid Aqeel] Univ Agr Faisalabad, Dept Bot, Faisalabad 38040, Pakistan. [Arshad, Muhammad] CIDS, Bahawalpur, Pakistan. [Ashraf, Muhammad] King Saud Univ, Coll Sci, Dept Bot & Microbiol, Riyadh 11451, Saudi Arabia. Hameed, M, Univ Agr Faisalabad, Dept Bot, Faisalabad 38040, Pakistan. hameedmansoor@yahoo.com
ISSN 0556-3321
ISBN 0556-3321
29-Character Source Abbreviation Pak. J. Bot.
Publication Date Aug
Year Published 2010
Volume 42
Issue 4
Beginning Page 2359-2367
Unique Article Identifier ISI:000282278800018
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