Current State of Knowledge on the Orchids of Sarawak’s Peat Swamps.

Magdalina, Stephen and Almunah, Abd Mutalib and Meekiong, Kalu and Farah Alia, Nordin and Nur Haziah, Musa and Haniza, Razali and Mohd Akmal, Mohd Raffi (2022) Current State of Knowledge on the Orchids of Sarawak’s Peat Swamps. The Sarawak Museum Journal, LXXXV (106). pp. 157-172. ISSN 0375-3050

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Sarawak’s peat swamp orchids are considered to be understudied, as most of the related research are favoured to the orchid species from mixed dipterocarp forests. Furthermore, distruptions of their natural habitat caused by various anthropogenic activities have made the orchid’s assessment studies, especially on the inventory and diversity, to be difficult. Consequently, it widens the knowledge gaps of the orchids’ natural history, current conservation status and their future in the peat swamp areas. Therefore, this inventory was conducted to compile and propose a provisional checklist of orchids distributed in the peat swamps of Sarawak. In total, 52 species from 26 genera of orchids were successfully compiled from the peat swamp areas located at lowlands and coastal plains of Betong, Bintulu, Kota Samarahan, Kuching, Limbang, Miri, Mukah, Sarikei, Sibu and Sri Aman districts. From the account, 10 species are endemic to Borneo. Current conservation status of the recorded species was assessed, and the significant roles of peat swamp areas as orchids natural habitat were further discussed. This compilation provides a glimpse on the current state of knowledge on the peat swamp orchids of Sarawak, thus serves as evidence to preserve the areas in their pristine conditions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Borneo, Orchidaceae, checklist, conservation status, peat swamp.
Subjects: Q Science > QK Botany
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Resource Science and Technology
Faculties, Institutes, Centres > Faculty of Resource Science and Technology
Depositing User: Mohd Raffi
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2022 02:08
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2022 02:08

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