Liana Abundance in Three Tropical Rain Forests of Western Uganda


tropical rain forest
Albertine Rift
quantitative inventory

How to Cite

Eilu, G. (2000). Liana Abundance in Three Tropical Rain Forests of Western Uganda. Selbyana, 21(1/2), 30–37. Retrieved from


Liana abundance was documented in three tropical forests of the Albertine Rift in western Uganda between 1997 and 1998. The lianas and their living hosts of diameter ≥1 cm were inventoried in 1-ha transects (20 × 500 m) in mature forest sites. The study recorded the following four major plant families with lianas (total species percentages in parentheses): Celastraceae (24%), Apocynaceae (10%), Rubiaceae (8%), and Icacinaceae (7%). Liana abundance was lower in climax Cynometra forest than in less mature mixed forest. The presence of six liana species in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park forest and not in the other two Ugandan forests studied suggests closer links between Bwindi and the Congo forests where these species also are known to occur.


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