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Floristic composition of seasonal riparian forests in Mato Grosso do Sul State Brazil

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Baptista-Maria V; Rodrigues R; Damasceno Junior G; Maria F; Souza V

2009

Acta Botanica Brasilica

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535-548

This study aimed to characterize the floristic composition in two stretches of seasonal semideciduous forest associated with the Formoso River Bonito Mato Grosso do Sul State and in three stretches of seasonal deciduous and semideciduous forests associated with the Salobra Salobrinha and Perdido rivers in Bodoquena Plateau National Park (76481 ha) - the only Federal Conservation unit with Integral Protection in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul. The floristic survey was carried out monthly from October/2004 to March/2006 where flowering and fruiting phanerogams were collected by the method of evaluation time. The floristic survey resulted in 56 families 184 genera and 307 species. Of the total number of species 68% were trees 17% shrubs 14% lianas and only 1% palms. The Fabaceae family (Leguminosae) represented by 51 (16.6%) species was the most species-rich. These results increase our knowledge of the Mato Grosso do Sul flora and its geographic distribution thus emphasizing the need for conservation of these riparian forests and providing subsidies for restoration projects of the degraded areas around the conservation unit and permanent protection areas (APPs) of regional rivers.

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The Liana Ecology Project is supported by Marquette University and funded in part by the National Science Foundation.