Journal of
Ecology and The Natural Environment

  • Abbreviation: J. Ecol. Nat. Environ.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-9847
  • DOI: 10.5897/JENE
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 382

Full Length Research Paper

Is Faurea rochetiana a potential candidate for Dendroclimate studies? Wood samples from semi-arid woodlands of southern Ethiopia

Asmelash Tesfaye Gebremedhin
  • Asmelash Tesfaye Gebremedhin
  • Department of Forestry, Faculty of Agriculture, Arba Minch University, Ethiopia.
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  •  Received: 22 December 2020
  •  Accepted: 26 April 2021
  •  Published: 31 May 2021

Abstract

Sustainable management of economically and ecologically important tree species such as Faurea rochetiana merely depend on acquiring reliable information on growth dynamics and structure in response to the changing climate. Formation of the growth ring boundaries is pre-requisite for conducting several denroclimatology studies. Hence, the objective was to verify the formation of growth ring boundaries of F. rochetiana. Fifteen sample discs were examined for macroscopic and microscopic wood anatomy features and compared with IAWA list of microscopic features of hardwood identification for wood anatomy characterization. The result revealed that the studied tree had indistinct growth ring boundaries. Consequently, the studied tree is not a potential candidate for further denderoclimate studies.

 

Key words: Wood anatomy, growth ring, South Omo, Faurea rochetiana.