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Native herb species diversity of Shanghai green belt and its application potentials in urban green engineering

LE Ying   

  1. Shanghai Green Belt Construction Management Office, Shanghai 200023, China
  • Received:2016-04-18 Online:2016-07-25 Published:2016-09-29


An investigation on the native herbs under the forest of Shanghai Green Belt was conducted in the paper. The result showed that the native herbs recorded in the study area included 111 species, 85 genera and 35 families, which accounted for 36.63%, 45.70% and 70.00% of Shanghai existing herb flora respectively. Most of the herbs belonged to monotypic or oligotypic families. On the geographical elements, the flora showed temperate characteristics and transition to subtropics; there were 7 life form types and the perennial herbs and annual herbs took similar proportion of all species recorded, which could be affected by human disturbance. The application potential of native herbs in urban green engineering were also proposed in the paper.

Key words: native species, herb plants, species diversity, urban green engineering