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Potential Distribution of Woody Bamboos in South, South-East and East Asia, Papua New Guinea and Australia

Working Papers
Potential Distribution of Woody Bamboos in South, South-East and East Asia, Papua New Guinea and Australia

Author:

Nadia Bystriakova; Valerie Kapos; Igor Lysenko

Publisher:

INBAR

Year:

2001

Pages:

21

Keywords:

Asia, Australia, Oceania, bamboo, distribution, biodiversity

This study was designed to produce a regional distribution map of all species of woody bamboos occurring in the Asia-Pacific region (South, Southeast and East Asia, Papua New Guinea and Australia). Qualitative data on distribution of woody bamboos were combined with data on existing forest cover. In the course of the study, 998 individual bamboo species and 60 genera of Bambuseae were mapped. The highest figures of potential species richness (144 spp per square km) were recorded in South China. More than 80% of forest potentially containing bamboo species might have from 1 to 20 different species per square km.

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