Indicator Plants of Coastal British Columbia
296 pages, 6 x 9
Over 400 b&w and colour illustrations
Release Date:01 Nov 2007

Indicator Plants of Coastal British Columbia

UBC Press

This original work makes unprecedented use of some of the mostimportant research to date in plant ecology. It is a guide forassessing site quality, that is, the climate and soil of particularforest and non-forest ecosystems.

Foresters have long been interested in using plants as indicators inpredicting the growth performance of reforestation sites, but the datahave not been readily available. Indicator Plants of CoastalBritish Columbia fully discusses how indicator plants arerecognized and demonstrates how indicator plants can be used in sitediagnosis.

The book presents colour illustrations and descriptions of 419selected vascular plants, bryophytes and lichens of coastal BritishColumbia. Indicators with similar values are grouped into indicatorspecies groups which are used to evaluate site quality. These data aresupplemented by information on geographic distribution, life-form,shade tolerance, and other ecological characteristics of the species.Three methods are given on how to use indicator plants for the purposeof site diagnosis.

Indicator Plants of Coastal British Columbia summarizesoriginal research in a format which both students and practitionerswill find easy to use.

... the extensive review of the literature makes this the most up-to-date published checklist of the province. CBA Bulletin, August 1998
Will be of great value to field foresters in British Columbia and will also be of use to others involved in field ecology. R.E. Randall, Progress in Physical Geography
Karel Klinka is a professor in the Department ofForest Sciences at the University of British Columbia. The lateVladimir J. Krajina was honorary professor andprofessor emeritus of the Department of Botany at the University ofBritish Columbia. Adolf Ceska is a curator of botanyat the Royal British Columbia Museum. Anna M. Scagelis a forest research consultant and contractor.




1. Introduction




2. Basic Concepts

Ecosystem, Vegetation, and Site

The Ecosystem Concept in Forest Management

Site Diagnosis

3. Concepts and Methods Related to IndicatorPlants

Plants as Site Indicators

Choice of Objects of Plant Indication

Indicator Values of Species

Choice of Indicator Species

Indicator Species Groups

4. Site Attributes and Indicator Species


Indicators of Climate

Soil Moisture

Indicators of Soil Moisture

Soil Nutrients

Indicators of Soil Nitrogen

Ground Surface Materials

Indicators of Ground Surface Materials

5. Indicator Plant Analysis

Individual-Species Method

Spectral Method

Index Method

6. Distribution and Ecological Characteristics of IndicatorPlants



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