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Article Title

EVALUATING THE FUNCTIONAL TRAITS OF THE PIONEERING SPECIES: INSIGHTS TO FOREST RESTORATION

Author ORCID Identifier

0000-0002-9094-267X

Article Classification

Environmental Science

Abstract

We examined the trait-based approach in selecting potential species for forest restoration. Five (5) native/indigenous pioneer species were evaluated for the functional traits such as plant height, branching architecture, leaf dry matter content, specific leaf area, stem density and bark thickness. Based on the result, plant height and branching architecture are varied among species with 32.72% variation for plant height and 30.59% for branching architecture while the other traits are less varied with 18.36 % variation for specific leaf area, 9.53 % for leaf dry-matter content, 6.42% for stem density and 2.31 % for bark thickness. Moreover, the range of values for the various functional traits as observed by Ostertag et al. (2015) and Perez-Harguindeguy et al. (2013) were used to evaluate and shows that three species such as Phyllantus albus, Polyscias nodosa, and Buchanania arborescence showed to fit in those values hence we recommend that these species should be considered as primary restoration species in various denuded areas of the Philippines.

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