Journal of Biodiversity Management & ForestryISSN: 2327-4417

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Research Article, J Biodivers Manage Forestry Vol: 2 Issue: 2

Woody Plant Species Diversity Analysis in Awash National Park, Ethiopia

Tamene Yohannes1*, Tesfaye Awas1 and Sebsebe Demissew2
1Ethiopian Institute of Biodiversity, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
2The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Corresponding author : Mr. Tamene Yohannes
Ethiopian Institute of Biodiversity, PO Box 30726 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Tel: +251116612244; Fax: +251116613722;
Received: June 26, 2013 Accepted: October 09, 2013 Published: October 14, 2013
Citation: Yohannes T, Awas T, Demissew S (2013) Woody Plant Species Diversity Analysis in Awash National Park, Ethiopia. J Biodivers Manage Forestry 2:2. doi:10.4172/2327-4417.1000110


Woody Plant Species Diversity Analysis in Awash National Park, Ethiopia

The study was conducted at the Awash National Park (ANP), with the objectives of assessing woody plants diversity, identifying plant community types, and producing a list of woody plant species of the ANP, in order to provide information for appropriate decision making on the biodiversity conservation of the park. A total of 64 sample plots, each with 20 × 20 m were laid along the altitudinal gradient of 750 to 1916 m and a total of 65 woody plant species were collected from 44 genera and 27 families. Of the 65 species, 51% were trees, 32% were shrubs and 17% were vines. Out of the 27 families Fabaceae was the dominant family and represented by 12 species in five genera followed by Tiliaceae, Asclepiadaceae and Capparidaceae. Plant specimens were collected and brought to the National Herbarium (ETH) of Addis Ababa University for identification. The specimens were properly identified using authenticated specimens and referring the published volumes of Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea.


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