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10 February 2021 Vegetation Patterns in Waisoi Primary Rainforest, Southeast Viti Levu, Fiji
Marika Tuiwawa, Sarah Pene, Linton Winder
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The vegetation composition and structure of “pristine” primary lowland rainforest in Waisoi, south Viti Levu, Fiji were assessed quantitatively by recording all trees with a diameter at breast height > 1 cm within sample plots covering the topographic range of the Waisoi area. The tree flora comprised 78 recognizable taxa, 68 of which were recorded to species. Of these 68 species, 61% were endemic. Four forest types were evaluated; “River Flat,” “Slope,” “Ridge,” and “Quasi-montane.” Differences in stem density, species richness, and diversity were observed across the forest types. The River Flat and Quasi-montane forest types were distinct from each other and from Slope and Ridge forests. Canopy structure was characterized for each of these forest types and illustrated with profile diagrams.

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Marika Tuiwawa, Sarah Pene, and Linton Winder "Vegetation Patterns in Waisoi Primary Rainforest, Southeast Viti Levu, Fiji," Pacific Science 74(3), 229-243, (10 February 2021).
Accepted: 27 May 2020; Published: 10 February 2021
South Pacific
Viti Levu
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