Dynamics of lianas in DR Congo

F. Bongers, C.E.N. Ewango

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This chapter focuses on the lianas from DR Congo where few recent studies have been conducted. It reports on two developments in liana dynamics in the Congo Basin. First, the chapter presents results from the liana dynamics plots of Ituri, in the eastern DR Congo. The Ituri plots, which are the largest of the Central/Eastern African liana communities and their dynamics, were first sampled in the early 1990s with the establishment of four 10-ha plots. Second, the chapter addresses the dynamics of the invading climber species <i>Sericostachys scandens</i>. Data is presented for lianas in the two 10-ha plots located in the mixed Edoro forest. The chapter also presents liana results for the inventory of 2007 and for changes since 1994. Liana densities in the few African forests that have been studied are similar to other continents, but species diversity appears to be higher.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEcology of lianas
EditorsS. Schnitzer, F. Bongers, R.J. Burnham, F.E. Putz
Place of PublicationOxford
ISBN (Print)9781118392492
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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    Bongers, F., & Ewango, C. E. N. (2015). Dynamics of lianas in DR Congo. In S. Schnitzer, F. Bongers, R. J. Burnham, & F. E. Putz (Eds.), Ecology of lianas (pp. 23-35). Wiley-Blackwell. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118392409.ch3