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LIFE FORM AND INDEX OF SIMILARITY OF PLANT COMMUNITIES RECORDED AT SARSAWA HILLS DISTRICT KOTLI
Ashfaq Nazir and Z. H. Malik
Department of Botany, University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, webmasterabad, Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
Abstract: Qualitatively Nanophaneropytes were dominated in investigated area followed by therophytes, hemicryptophytes and megaphanerophytes. Geophytes were low in number where as quantitatively nanophanerophytes were also dominant. They were followed by megaphanerophytes and hemicryptophytes. Therophytes and geophytes were low in number.
The highest index of similarity was recorded in between Themeda-Carissa-Adhatoda and Adhatoda-Themeda. It was followed by Myrsine-Themeda and Themeda-Carissa-Adhatoda, Adhatoda-Themeda- and Carissa-Themeda-Dodonaea. Pinus-Poa-Maytenus and Colebrookea-Themeda-Dodonaea and Adhatoda-Themeda and Themeda-Carissa-Adhatoda.
Index of similarity in plant communities were slightly similar as it varied from 52.55 to 62.04. It is due to similar habitat, soil conditions percentage of phosphorus and equal amount of potassium in soil (Table 4).