Table 3

Species richness (means ± standard error) of different life-forms (functional groups) in three communities (EDC, STC and ASC) in summer
Community type Shrub HSV HLV
Total PSV ASV Total PLV ALV
EDC (n = 36) 2.47 ± 0.12a γ 12.06 ± 0.65a 3.36 ± 0.25a β 8.69 ± 0.57a α 3.86 ± 0.26b 0.64 ± 0.14b δ 3.22 ± 0.23b βγ
STC (n = 28) 2.54 ± 0.14a β 9.25 ± 0.70a 2.96 ± 0.21a β 6.29 ± 0.65a α 5.07 ± 0.30a 0.18 ± 0.09c γ 4.89 ± 0.26a α
ASC (n = 13) 2.57 ± 0.29a α 5.54 ± 0.88b 2.77 ± 0.36a α 2.77 ± 0.68b α 4.00 ± 0.38b 1.23 ± 0.17a β 2.77 ± 0.36b α

Different lowercase Latin letters (a, b and c) and Greek letters (α, β, γ and δ) indicate significant (P < 0.05) differences among three communities and four life-forms respectively.

Tao et al.

Tao et al. Botanical Studies 2013 54:59   doi:10.1186/1999-3110-54-59

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