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First report of tree species of Minalungao National Park, Nueva Ecija, Philippines

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Erwin G. Dela Cruz, Paul Henric N. GojoCruz,Eden S. David, Evaristo A. Abella, Khristina G. Judan Cruz

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J. Bio. Env. Sci.13( 3), 56-62, September 2018


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Minalungao National Park in Nueva Ecija, Central Luzon, Philippines is a protected Key Biodiversity Area and a priority for conservation studies. With its high level of biodiversity, sthis area offers vast opportunities in research especially in species identification and composition. Quadrats measuring 20 × 20 meters were laid out along ten (10) transect lines measuring 100 meters each with a total sampling area of 1200 m2. Identification was done using morphological characters.  A total of 55 species of trees were recorded from the study area belonging to 25 families and 46 genera, 22% of which are endemic.  Four (4) species were listed in the updated 2017 list of threatened plants issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-Philippines. All members of the family Dipterocarpaceae, Lamiaceae and Burseraceae recorded from the area were listed in IUCN Red List. This paper presents an initial inventory of tree species that presents prospects for formulation of actions for its conservation.


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