Inventory of Epiphytic Moss Flora in the Montane Forest of Mt. Kasiling Dako, Tarragona, Davao Oriental
AbstractMosses have been found to be good indicators of environmental conditions. Their significant in the environment helps to evaluate and assess the effect of environmental changes on the ecosystem. This study aims to determine the record status of the collected species of mosses found in Mt. Kasiling Dako, Tomoaong, Tarragona, Davao Oriental, Philippines. The said station has an approximate elevation of 392.6 meters or 1,388.0 feet above mean sea level (masl). The inventory of the moss floral species was done through a transect walk (Alpha Taxonomy) which covers 200 meters following the trail of the forest. The choice of the area conducted through a purposive sampling method in which all mosses was examined and investigated. Twenty – one species of mosses was identified, classified, and described based on their life forms and habitat. Of the 21 specimens collected, eleven locally assessed as abundant while ten found rare. Based on the habitat preference of the mosses, nine preferred tree trunk, five preferred rocks, three for tree base, and two for both tree log and clay. Thus, these protected areas need to be preserved in order to ensure mosses’ growth and abundance. This furtherly recommend the conduct of morphological examination and find a standardized method of measuring status record of the moss floral species.
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