Plant diversity and ecology of ultramafic outcrops in Sabah (Malaysia)

van der Ent, Antony, Repin, Rimi, Sugau, John and Wong, Khoon Meng (2015) Plant diversity and ecology of ultramafic outcrops in Sabah (Malaysia). Australian Journal of Botany, 63 3-4: 204-215. doi:10.1071/BT14214

Author van der Ent, Antony
Repin, Rimi
Sugau, John
Wong, Khoon Meng
Title Plant diversity and ecology of ultramafic outcrops in Sabah (Malaysia)
Journal name Australian Journal of Botany   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0067-1924
Publication date 2015-01-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/BT14214
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 63
Issue 3-4
Start page 204
End page 215
Total pages 12
Place of publication CSIRO Publishing
Publisher Clayton, VIC Australia
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Ultramafic outcrops occupy less than 1% of the land surface of the Earth and are renowned as hotspots of plant diversity and endemism. With over 3500 km2 of ultramafic outcrops in Sabah (4.6% of the total landmass of the state) on the island of Borneo and a total of 4252 plant species recorded occurring on this substrate, Malaysia has one of the most species-rich floras occupying these outcrops globally. Over 2542 plant species have been documented on ultramafic outcrops in Kinabalu Park alone, of which a large percentage is endemic to either Kinabalu Park or Borneo. Despite the existence of this species rich flora, the full plant diversity and ecology remains largely unknown because of a lack of focussed research. Furthermore, plant diversity in many areas of Sabah is severely threatened by land-use conversion and, because many plant species occur only in a single or a few ultramafic sites, impacts on the ecosystems that support them could eventually result in their extinction.
Keyword Endemism
Kinabalu Park
Mount Tambuyukon
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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