A classification of a tropical Shorea robusta forest stand in southern Nepal
Sixty relevé samples were taken in order to classify a tropical Sal-forest in southern Nepal (Chitwan District). Four unranked abstract communities could be distinguished by continental table work supported by TWINSPAN analysis. Richness of communities varied between 38 and 120 vascular plant species per 2000 m2 plot. Evenness characterised the different communities well and reached mean values of 0.39-0.51 (Brillouin Index). Phytogeographical analysis revealed the strong Indo-Malayan element in the Indian flora. Life form spectra showed a strong dominance of deciduous phanerophytes.