Master's Theses

Date of Award

Spring 1968

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Biology

Advisor

G. K. Hulett

Abstract

Twenty-four woody species were encountered in 34 remnant grassland stands distributed over Western Kansas. Fifteen species were present in a sufficient number of stands to be analyzed statistically for associations with selected environmental factors. The presence and density of these 15 species were analyzed for associations with 14 environmental factors. Ordination of the edaphic factors was used to group similar stands, and the woody vegetation was characterized for each group. Thus, predictions concerning the woody variation could be made on undisturbed stands of known environmental characteristics in western Kansas. The dominant woody species in stands high in sand and low in silt and clay were usually small soapweed, aromatic sumac, Chickasaw plum, sand sagebrush, and wild grape. In the stands low in sand and high in clay and silt, the dominant woody species were generally smooth sumac , Arkansas rose, leadplant, western snowberry, and small soapweed.

Rights

Copyright 1968 James J. Hubbard

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