A Preliminary checklist of rare, endemic and threaten flora species in the ecological corridor between Kaeng Krachan and Kuiburi national parks
This study aimed to explore the presence of rare, threaten and endemic plant species in the ecological corridor between Kaeng Krachan and Kuiburi national parks. The ecological corridor is part of the Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex (KKFC). It is partially classified as national forest reserve and partially owned by the Thai army, therefore for its management are responsible both the Royal Thai Army and the Royal Forest Department.
The study found 49 rare, threaten and endemic plant species, among others Magnolia mediocris (Dandy) Figlar, Reevesia pubescens var. siamensis (W. G. Craib - J. Anthony), Geostachys smitinandii (K. Larsen) and Kamettia chandeei (D. J. Middleton). During the surveys has also been identified 1 individual of Pinus merkusii (Jungh. & de Vriese), the nearest to the equator found in Thailand.
Keywords: Ecological corridor, Kaeng Krachan forest complex, Endemic plant species