Urbanization effect on floristic and landscape patterns of green spaces

Chi Yung JIM, Wendy Y. CHEN

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The study explored the effects of intensive urbanization on urban plant diversity and landscape pattern. An inventory of plant species in managed green spaces in the nine urban districts of Guangzhou (south China) with varied development history was conducted. The relationships among species richness, diversity and urban development were analysed by community ecology attributes, cluster analysis, growth-form differentiation and district fidelity indices, and statistical tests. The 1055 vascular species were dominated by a small number of common evergreen species, accompanied by many rare species. By species richness, tree was the dominant growth form, followed by herb and shrub. Species richness and diversity were slightly below urban-fringe secondary forests. Old and young districts offered disparate conditions for species enrichment to establish urban landscape patterns with divergent floristic and growth-form assemblages. Urban species profile and vegetation landscapes were mainly influenced by planning and management of the urban landscape and changing landscape fashion. Copyright © 2009 Landscape Research Group Ltd.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)581-598
JournalLandscape Research
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2009


Jim, C. Y., & Chen, W. Y. (2009). Urbanization effect on floristic and landscape patterns of green spaces. Landscape Research, 34(5), 581-598. doi: 10.1080/01426390903178480


  • Cluster analysis
  • Floristic indices
  • Species diversity
  • Urban ecology
  • Urban flora
  • District fidelity
  • Floristic augmentation


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