MALUEKI TOKO Erikson*1, MBUMBA BANDI Michel2, NTENDI MASAMBA Albert2, MAYIMONA NSANSIDavid2, LUNDOLOKA MAFUTA Guyguy2, SOKE MBANGA Maurice2

Interspecific Competition between Strangler Ficus and Host Plants in Kinshasa’s Botanical Garden, D.R. Congo
A study on epiphytes was conducted at the Botanical Garden of Kinshasa from July 22, 2012 to July 22, 2013. The methodological approach consisted in carrying out the floristic surveys by inventorying the species composing vegetation of the Botanical Garden of Kinshasa, followed by determination of characteristics of stranglers ficus in interspecific competition with woody species and host palms within this ex situ protected area. It shows that on 306 feet of woody and palm counted in 28 species, 85 (27.77%) bear feet of epiphytes of the genus Ficus. In addition, on 94 feet serving as hosts, 23 (24.46%) are strangled by three species of the Ficus genus including Ficus polita, Ficus lyrata, and an undetermined species. Télécharger l'article