Assoc. Prof. Kitichate Sridith
THE TROPICAL BOG VEGETATION ON THE COASTAL SANDBAR IN SOUTHEAST ASIA
Abstract. Various terrestrial topographic features along the coast of South-east Asia including: a sandy beach, that comprised of the coastal sand dune systems as well as headland habitats: the coastal karst system and the granite outcrops. This had performed such unique habitats for the non-marine coastal vegetation systems. The vegetation analysis and the enumeration of the
flora of these habitats had resulted in the unique vegetation as well as the unique plant species
composition i.e.: The terrestrial vegetation on the coastal dunes/beach forest; The coastal wetland in the dune slack/swamp between dunes: - the peat swamp/ Melacleuca swamp vegetation which characterized by some selected species e.g. Alstonia spatulata Blume; Stemonurus malacensis (Mast.) Sleumer etc./ and Melaleuca leucadendra (L.) L. in disturbed areas; - the coastal bogs/fens vegetation, which characterized by the acidic saturated wet soil with some carnivorous plant species e.g. Nepenthes spp.; Drosera spp.; Utricularia spp. etc.; and the fresh water spring vegetation that occurred in the place where the “artesian” spring erupted. This is characterized by ever-flooded areas with the dominant tree species of Syzygium spp.; Radermachera spp. etc. as well as some other common fresh water plant species e.g. Barringtonia spp.; Salix tetrasperma Roxb. etc. The terrestrial vegetation habitats along the coast of South-east Asia could be categorized as a threat condition since most places are in the process of depletion by various land-uses, including: tourism; agriculture; various official purposes (military camp, government offices etc.) and especially, in the case of the artesian spring with the check-dams construction (in Thailand ) that would destroy the fragile natural spring pressure system.
Biography.Dr. Kitichate Sridith received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Botany from Chulalongkorn University, Thaland, and Dr.rer.nat. in the same field from Universitat Wien, Austria. His reseach interest include Plant Taxonomy, Himalayan Temperate Region, Terestrial Coastal Vegetation, and Highland Wetland in Buthan and along Peninsular Thailand. He has authored hundreeds of high quality scientific publication, books and book chapters. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, prince of Songkla University, Thailand.