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Woody plant diversity and structure of shade-grown-coffee plantations in Northern Chiapas, Mexico

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Soto-Pinto, L., Romero-Alvarado, Y., Caballero-Nieto, J. & Segura-Warnholtz, G. 2001, "Woody plant diversity and structure of shade-grown-coffee plantations in Northern Chiapas, Mexico," Revista de Biologia Tropical, vol. 49, no. 3-4, pp. 977-987.

Contact Info

Corresponding Authors: lsoto@sclc.ecosur.mx, jcnieto@servidor.unam.mx, gsegura@semarnap.gob.mx

Affiliations

  • El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR). Apdo. Postal 63, San Cristóbal Chiapas, México, 29290.
  • Jardín Botánico, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Circuito Exterior, Ciudad Universitaria, México, D.F. 04510.
  • Secretaría del Medio Ambiente, Recursos Naturales y Pesca, Av. Progreso No. 5, Viveros de Coyoacán, Col. El Carmen, Coyoacán, C.P. 04100, México D.F.

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Species Info

  • Mangifera indica (exotic)
  • Dendropanax arboreus
  • Astrocharium mexicanum
  • Chamaedorea cataractarum
  • Chamaedorea tepejilote
  • Desmoncus schippii
  • Clibadium arboreum
  • Eupatorium chiapensis
  • Montanoa sp.
  • Neurolaena lobata
  • Tithonia rotundifolia
  • Vernonia deppeana
  • Vernonia patens
  • Amphitecna macrophylla
  • Bursera simaruba
  • Carica pennata
  • Muntingia calabura
  • Bernardia aff. interrupta
  • Croton billbergianus
  • Croton draco
  • Sapium sp.
  • Calliandra sp.
  • Erythrina sp.
  • Inga pavoniana
  • Inga punctata
  • Inga sapindioides
  • Lonchocarpus sp.
  • Senna multijuga
  • Senna papilosa
  • Quercus sp.
  • Liquidambar styraciflua
  • Oecopetalum mexicanum
  • Nectandra globosa
  • Persea schiedeana
  • Calathea macrochlamys
  • Conostegia xalapensis
  • Miconia aff. ibaguensis
  • Cedrela mexicana
  • Castilla elastica
  • Cecropia obtusifolia
  • Musa sapientum (exotic)
  • Myrica cerifera
  • Myrsine myricoides
  • Casearia corymbosa
  • Sysingium jambos (exotic)
  • Psidium guajava
  • Piper auritum
  • Piper patulum
  • Rhamnus capraefolia
  • Blepharidium mexicanum
  • Citrus aurantifolia (exotic)
  • Citrus reticulata (exotic)
  • Citrus sinensis (exotic)
  • Zanthoxylum aff. microcarpum
  • Zanthoxylum aff. microcarpum
  • Cupania dentata
  • Pouteria zapota
  • Chrysophyllum caimito
  • Chrysophyllum mexicanum
  • Solanum aphyodendron
  • Theobroma cacao
  • Belotia mexicana
  • Heliocarpus appendiculatus
  • Heliocarpus donnell-smithii
  • Heliocarpus mexicanus
  • Heliocarpus reticulatus
  • Myriocarpa longipes
  • Lippia myriocephala
  • Orthion subssesile

Description

  • This article presents research on coffee stand structure and diversity, with data collected from 61 coffee plots in Chiapas, Mexico.
  • The following variables were measured: coffee density, slope, plot aspect, the number of individuals of each shade species (divided into 9 diametric classes), number of strata, species use, and presence of woody plant species.
  • Five distinct strata were found: 1 herbaceous stratum, 2 shrubby strata, and 2 tree strata.
  • In total, 77 tree species were identified across the plots and 90% were native species; the native species were representative of 40% of the local flora. 
  • The average tree density was 371.4 trees per hectare and the average species richness was 3.2 species per 100m2.
  • The diametric distribution was similar to secondary forest, with over 40% of all trees found within the smallest diametric class.
  • The most common species were: Inga pavoniana, Inga punctata,Heliocarpus appendiculatus, Neurolaena lobata, Belotia mexicana, Inga sapindioides, and Croton draco.
  • The authors emphasize the important role that shade-grown coffee may play for biodiversity conservation. 

Ecosystems

  • Montane Forest
  • Country

  • Mexico
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