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Indicator Plants of Coastal British Columbia
Karel Klinka   V. J. Krajina   A. Ceska   A. M. Scagel  

296 Pages


About the Book

This original work makes unprecedented use of some of the most important research to date in plant ecology. It is a guide for assessing site quality, that is, the climate and soil of particular forest and non-forest ecosystems.

Foresters have long been interested in using plants as indicators in predicting the growth performance of reforestation sites, but the data have not been readily available. Indicator Plants of Coastal British Columbia fully discusses how indicator plants are recognized and demonstrates how indicator plants can be used in site diagnosis.

The book presents colour illustrations and descriptions of 419 selected vascular plants, bryophytes and lichens of coastal British Columbia. Indicators with similar values are grouped into indicator species groups which are used to evaluate site quality. These data are supplemented by information on geographic distribution, life-form, shade tolerance, and other ecological characteristics of the species. Three methods are given on how to use indicator plants for the purpose of site diagnosis.

Indicator Plants of Coastal British Columbia summarizes original research in a format which both students and practitioners will find easy to use.

About the Author(s)

Karel Klinka is a professor in the Department of Forest Sciences at the University of British Columbia.

The late Vladimir J. Krajina was honorary professor and professor emeritus of the Department of Botany at the University of British Columbia.

Adolf Ceska is a curator of botany at the Royal British Columbia Museum.

Anna M. Scagel is a forest research consultant and contractor.

Table of Contents


1. Introduction
2. Basic Concepts
Ecosystem, Vegetation, and Site
The Ecosystem Concept in Forest Management
Site Diagnosis
3. Concepts and Methods Related to Indicator Plants
Plants as Site Indicators
Choice of Objects of Plant Indication
Indicator Values of Species
Choice of Indicator Species
Indicator Species Groups
4. Site Attributes and Indicator Species
Indicators of Climate
Soil Moisture
Indicators of Soil Moisture
Soil Nutrients
Indicators of Soil Nitrogen
Ground Surface Materials
Indicators of Ground Surface Materials
5. Indicator Plant Analysis
Individual-Species Method
Spectral Method
Index Method
6. Distribution and Ecological Characteristics of Indicator Plants



Will be of great value to field foresters in British Columbia and will also be of use to others involved in field ecology.

- R.E. Randall, Progress in Physical Geography

... the extensive review of the literature makes this the most up-to-date published checklist of the province.

- CBA Bulletin, August 1998

Sample Chapter

A sample chapter of this title is not available at this time. For further information, please email

Related Topics

Natural History > Botany
Natural History
BC Studies
BC Studies > Forestry
BC Studies > Natural History

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