Wood vegetation in Atlantic rain forest remnants in Sorocaba (São Paulo, Brazil)

Alessandra Rocha Kortz, Samuel Coelho, Ana Carolina Devides Castello, Laíne Silveira Corrêa, Eliana Cardoso Leite, Ingrid Koch

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The Atlantic rain forest is in a very fragmented condition due to the high deforestation in recent decades, thus
even remnants of secondary vegetation may be considered important for maintaining the ecological and microclimatic
functions on a regional scale. This represents the first plant composition study conducted in the area, located in Sorocaba
(São Paulo, Brazil), a region relatively unknown in terms of vegetation. Our aims were to survey the vegetation, verify
the vegetation formation in which the sampled species occur and identify endangered species. Periodic samples of woody
plants were conducted between September 2007 and December 2009. We found 166 species, belonging to 47 families
and 102 genera; ten of these species are under threat of extinction. Our data substantially increase our knowledge of the
diversity of the regional flora and will play a crucial role in developing conservation policy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)344-354
Number of pages10
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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