Resource Details

Restoration of a coastal swamp forest in southeast Brazil

Literature: Journal Articles

Zamith, L.R. & Scarano, F.R. 2010, "Restoration of a coastal swamp forest in southeast Brazil", Wetlands Ecology and Management, vol. 18, no. 4, pp. 435-448.

Contact Info

Corresponding author:


  • Departamento de Biologia Geral, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Instituto de Biologia, Outeiro de São João Batista, s/n, Centro, Caixa-Postal 100436, Niterói, RJ CEP 24020-971, Brazil
  • Departamento de Ecologia, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, CCS, IB, Caixa Postal 68020, Rio de Janeiro, RJ CEP 21941-970, Brazil
  • Conservação Internacional, Rua Barão de Oliveira Castro 29, Jardim Botnico, Rio de Janeiro, RJ CEP 22460-280, Brazil


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Species Info

  • Ilex amara
  • Tabebuia cassinoides
  • Alchornea triplinervia
  • Miconia cinnamomifolia
  • Miconia staminea
  • Calyptranthes brasiliensis
  • Myrcia multiflora
  • Psidium cattleyanum
  • Myrsine rubra


  • This study evaluates the potential for nine native tree and shrub species for use in the revegetation of degraded swamps in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Invasive grasses and other vegetation, including the exotic tree Casuarina equisetifolia, were removed from the site.
  • Taller seedlings resulted in higher survival rates for those species with higher survival rates. 
  • Myrsine rubra, Tabebuia cassinoides, and Calyptranthes brasiliensis showed high growth and survival rates, and are recommended for use in revegetation programs.
  • A shorter duration of flooding was generally beneficial for seedling survival and this effect can be enhanced by planting in mounds
  • The addition of organic matter had a positive effect on growth for all species studied, but with less variation among species than the other factors.
  • The authors suggest that by planting in mounds, adding organic matter, and planting mixtures of high performing species, the revegetation and ecosystem restoration of these swamp forests can be feasible.

Geographical Region

  • Coastal Atlantic South America
  • Country

  • Brazil
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