A Half-yearly Peer Reviewed Journal of Bangladesh Forest Research Institute

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This paper presents the plant diversity of Ampupara Village Common Forest (VCF), Bandarban Hill
District, Bangladesh, which is managed by the Murang Community. A total of 148 plant species belonging
to 128 genera under 61 families has been recorded from the VCF of about 20 ha. Habit diversity of plants
from this reserve shows that out of 148 species, 82 are trees (55%), 28 shrubs (19%), 24 herbs (16%) and
14 species are climbers (10%). Among the taxa, Euphorbiaceae contains the highest number of species (10)
followed by Rubiaceae (9), Verbenaceae (7), Moraceae (6), Anacardiaceae, Asteraceae, Arecaceae (5),
Mimosaceae, Acanthaceae, Lamiaceae, Meliaceae and Fabaceae (4). The most common species is Kanok
(Schima wallichii). Regarding habitat preferences, members of Araceae, Zingiberaceae and Pteridophytes
are found to grow along the streams and lower slopes. In the paper, species are enumerated with scientific
name(s), Murang names and diversity of habits and habitats. Dominant tree species of the three strata has
been described. This VCF is conserved by community effort for conserving the biodiversity. Occurrence of
148 species over about 20 ha areas seems to have a good number of species diversity which is comparable
with other government managed forest situations in the country.

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