Population structure and quantitative characteristics of Tetracentron sinense (Trochodendraceae) in Leigong Mountain Nature Reserve, China

  • Huan Zhang West Normal University
  • Fan Duan
  • Yang Li
  • Qinqin Wang
  • Xueheng Lu
  • Xiaohong Gan College of Life Science, China West Normal University
  • Zhenguo Xie
  • Junfeng Tang
Keywords: Population structure, static life table, survival analysis, time series analysis


Background: Knowledge of plant population structure facilitates conservation, management, and utilization of endangered plants.

Research question: What is the current status of the natural populations of Tetracentron sinense in Leigong Mountain Nature Reserve (LMNR) and what future population development trends can be predicted?

Studied species: Tetracentron sinense 

Study site and period of research: T. sinense populations in LMNR in China in 2018.

Methods: The population structure and quantity dynamics of four typical patches were studied using static life tables, survival curves, survival analyses, and time series analyses. 

Results: The age structures of the T. sinense populations were spindle-shaped, with few seedlings and saplings, and Deevey type II and Ⅲ survival curves. The mortality rate (qx) of each patch increased quickly, and then plateaued, finally increasing again. Survival rate (Sx) showed a contrary trend to qx. Trends in cumulative mortality rate (F(i)), killing power (Kx), mortality density (f(ti)), and hazard rate (λ(ti)) with increasing age class were similar: increasing at a younger age, gradually stabilizing in middle age, and then increasing slightly in older age. The number of individuals in these T. sinense populations was predicted to decrease sharply in future, with younger individuals being seriously deficient. The results showed that the natural populations of T. sinense in the LMNR were relatively stable but were in an early stage of decline. 

Conclusions: The lack of younger individuals might reflect a bottleneck for regeneration of T. sinense populations, leading to a decline in population size.


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Author Biographies

Huan Zhang, West Normal University

Key laboratory of southwest China wildlife resources conservation (Ministry of Education), Nanchong, 637009, China. 

Institute of Plant Adaptation and Utilization in Southwest Mountain, China West Normal University, Nanchong 637009, China

Xiaohong Gan, College of Life Science, China West Normal University

College of Life Science, China West Normal University

Population structure and quantitative characteristics of Tetracentron sinense (Trochodendraceae) in Leigong Mountain Nature Reserve, China


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How to Cite
Zhang, H., Duan, F., Li, Y., Wang, Q., Lu, X., Gan, X., Xie, Z., & Tang, J. (2020). Population structure and quantitative characteristics of Tetracentron sinense (Trochodendraceae) in Leigong Mountain Nature Reserve, China. Botanical Sciences, 98(1), 86-100. https://doi.org/10.17129/botsci.2178