|Title:||FLORAL DIVERSITY AND COMMUNITY STRUCTURE OF MANGROVE SITES UNDER THE PHILIPPINE NATIONAL AQUASILVICULTURE PROGRAM (PNAP) IN ILOCOS SUR|
|Commodity:||Forestry, Agroforestry and Environment|
|Researchers:||ELENA U. ATO, REMELY A. SANIDAD, JEUSOM JERRIE CALINA and ANALYN S. DOLLENTE|
The study assessed the floral diversity and vegetative cover of rehabilitated mangrove areas under the Philippine National Aquaculture Program (PNAP). Study sites are three coastal barangays in two towns of Ilocos Sur, namely: Narvacan and Sta. Maria.
Of the total 22 plant species found growing within the study sites eight (8) are mangrove species and 12 are associated species. The mangrove species are as follows: Rhizophora apiculata (bakauang lalake), Vachellia farnesiana (needle bush), Sonneratia alba (pagatpat), Pongamia pinnata (bani), Aegiceras corniculatum (saging-saging), Sesuvium portulacastrum L. (dampalit), Pandanus sp. (pandan) and Spinifex littoreus (Burm.f.) or taray-taray.
Bakauang-lalake is the most dominant species, with a relative cover of 77.42% and a relative height of 80.46%. Moreover, bakauan, needle bush and Spinifex littoreus are the most common species found growing within the different study sites.
Mangroves in Ilocos Sur are threatened by pests; anthropogenic threats and natural threats.