African Journal of
Plant Science

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Plant Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0824
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPS
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 804

Full Length Research Paper

Vegetation structure in summer of Tehsil Takht-e-Nasrati plains, district Karak, Pakistan

Musharaf Khan* and Farrukh Hussain
Department of Botany, University of Peshawar, Pakistan.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 16 May 2013
  •  Published: 31 August 2013



Community structure is a key marker of long-term vegetation change in ecosystem. In the present investigation, 11 plant communities were recorded in plains area. The cluster analysis gives rise to 5 groups on the basis of important value and 4 groups on basis of soil. The vegetation changed with change of distance. As a whole in plains, the CZS community was developed. There were 6 tree, 7 shrub and 19 herb species. The Importance value contributed by three dominants species was 79.5. The contribution by tree was 50.6, shrubs (IV = 62.06) and herbs (IV = 187.3). The soil texture was found from sandy clay to sandy clay loam. These results emphasize the continuous need for long-term ground-based ecological monitoring in conjunction with satellite-based monitoring of changes in vegetation cover.


Key words: Altitudinal effect, community, soil, plains, life form, leaf size classes.


RD, Relative density;  RF, relative frequency; RC, relative cover; CSP,Cenchrus-Saccharum-ProsopisECP, Eragrostis-Calotropis-Prosopis community; PSC,Phoenix-Saccharum-Cenchrus; APS, Aerva-Prosopis-Saccharum; TPS, Tribulus-Prosopis-SaccharumEC, electrical conductivity; CZS, Cenchrus-Zizyphus-Saccharum;CSA, Cenchrus-Saccharum-AcaciaZCS, Zizyphus-Cenchrus-SaccharumSCZ,Saccharum-Cenchrus-ZizyphusCCA, Cenchrus-Calligonum-AcaciaZCC, Zizyphus-Cenchrus-Calligonum community.