Study on application of Cerasus cerassoides L. in rocky desertification ecological restoration area

L. Kun, F. Shuxin, G. Junhong, W. Sijia, D. Li
Cerasus cerassoides L. is a kind of native tree in Yunnan which holds both aesthetic value and ecological benefit. But little research has been conducted regarding ecological and landscape characteristics of Cerasus cerassoides L. in Karst rocky desertification (KRD) area. To figure out community characteristics and application of Cerasus cerassoides, a literature research and a field survey were carried out. The results obtained in this research include: 1) semi-humid evergreen broad-leaved forest, monsoon evergreen broad-leaved forest and mid-mountain wet evergreen broad-leaved forest are three main naturally distributed vegetation types of Cerasus cerassoides. Cerasus cerassoides community is full of main plant species among Semi-humid evergreen broad-leaved forest and monsoon evergreen broad-leaved forest. Because the residual part of stem of Cerasus cerassoides sprout regeneration ability is strong, it is stable in the community population and it will not decline in natural conditions; 2) Cerasus cerassoides is a kind of positive vanguard plant with the ability that can grow on shallow limestone in KRD restoration environment. Artificial plant community ecological restoration in KRD area need to follow such five stages: KRD stage, grass stage, shrub-thorn-bush stage, arbor-shrub stage and climax community stage. We find Cerasus cerassoides appear in the arbor-shrub stage and climax community stage. It can be seen that in the special environment of KRD, the Cerasus cerassoides community is composed of strong resistance, strong adaptability and rapid growth of plant species. Such as Pinus elliottii, Solanum deflexicarpum, Pistacia weinmannifolia and so on. The application of Cerasus cerassoides cannot only have a perfect effect in soil and water conservation, but also present a wonderful landscape.
Kun, L., Shuxin, F., Junhong, G., Sijia, W. and Li, D. (2020). Study on application of Cerasus cerassoides L. in rocky desertification ecological restoration area. Acta Hortic. 1279, 89-96
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2020.1279.13
karst rocky desertification, ecological characteristics, community characteristics, landscape application

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