Tree Species Composition of a Burned Lowland Dipterocarp Forest in Bukit Soeharto, East Kalimantan

  • Paulus Matius
  • Takeshi Toma
  • Maman Sutisna
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 140)


Tropical lowland evergreen rainforests on the Malay Peninsula and islands of the Sunda Shelf are distinguishable from similar types of vegetation of this class found on other continents by their abundance of dipterocarp species (Whitmore 1984). The floristic composition in lowland dipterocarp forests is distinctive because of the very large numbers of tree species represented by a small number of mature individuals, and the general ‘family dominance’ of Dipterocarpaceae, especially in terms of basal area (Richards 1996). The species richness of lowland dipterocarp forest in Borneo Island, for instance, is illustrated by the species-area curve for a forest at Wanariset in East Kalimantan (Kartawinata 1981a).


Tree Density Primary Forest Tree Species Composition Dipterocarp Forest Barro Colorado Island 
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  • Paulus Matius
  • Takeshi Toma
  • Maman Sutisna

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