We followed the standard protocol of Forest Global Earth Observatory (forestGEO) and established a 1-ha forest dynamics plot near the saddle between Mt. Lalashan and Mt. Tamanshan in northern Taiwan. We subdivided the plot into 100 10 m × 10 m subplots.
In each 10 m × 10 m subplots, all woody species individual with a diameter at breast height (DBH) larger than 1 cm were species determined and location mapped. In addition, we set 2 m × 2 m quadrat inside the subplot and used the nine-degree Braun-Blanquet method to record coverage of woody species individual with DBH less than 1 cm, herb, and liana species.
We selected 25 subplots and collected leaves of woody species individuals to study the trait-environment relations. In addition to interspecific trait variationWe, we also investigated the importance of the intraspecific trait variation.
Learn more about the plot, welcome to watch our Virtual Excursion to the Lalashan Forest Dynamics Plot below!