A literature review of the Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest

Hunneyball, Gemma (2003) A literature review of the Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest. Project Report. (Author's Version). (Unpublished)

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The Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest (TDEF) was named by Champion and Seth as one of the seven groups of tropical forests in India, and defined as where ‘hard leaved evergreen trees predominate with some deciduous emergents, often dense, but usually under 20 m high’. Its occurrence was also more loosely defined as relating to summer rainfall, as tropical wet evergreen forest occurs where rainfall in May-June exceeds 200 mm, tropical deciduous where it is over 100 mm, and TDEF where it is low and irregular. However, the very existence of such a forest type was disputed by Meher-Homji who claimed that the community was physiognomically and floristically barely different from the thorn forest of south India. Further, he maintained that the very name, ‘Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest’, was a misnomer since the climate is not tropical but dissymetric, the region is not particularly dry, almost 50% of the constituent species are deciduous, and the formation is only extant as thickets, not forests. Meher-Homji concluded that rather than the TDEF, the vegetation of the Coromandel coastal region should be defined as part of the larger Albizia amara community, typified by scrub woodland or thickets, which extends from Hyderabad in the north to Dharwar in the west along the eastern side of the Western Ghats down to the southern tip of India9. In contrast, the TDEF is defined as extending in a narrow coastal strip from Vishakhapatnam in the north to Ramanathapuram in the south. Meher-Homji’s claims were not answered in the published literature, and so the naming and separate classification of this forest type was never confirmed. For the purposes of this review and for convenience, the name ‘tropical dry evergreen forest’ as described by Champion and Seth will be used.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Additional Information: Related item in this repository: https://aurorepo.in/id/eprint/215/
Subjects: Forestry > Forestry (General)
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Date Deposited: 27 May 2021 12:44
Last Modified: 27 May 2021 12:45
URI: http://aurorepo.in/id/eprint/216

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