A Checklist of Tree Species Growing On Akoka Campus of University of Lagos, Nigeria.
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The following checklist is provided as the most complete compilation of the tree species growing on Akoka Campus of University of Lagos, southwestern Nigeria. This checklist was derived from extensive field survey, with the view of investigating the concurrent depletion on the remnant flora and inventory of all the tree species. Data collection was done by dividing the study area into several plots, and samples were randomly collected from each plot, and identification of the samples was done using local floras. A total of 67 woody tree species belonging to 57 genera within 27 families is represented in the study area. Of the 67 species, 43 species (64.17%) are native to Nigeria and West Africa and 24 species (35.83%) are considered exotic or non- native and are naturalized. The result showed that fourteen families consist of only 1 species each, four families have 2 species each and 3 species each respectively, two families have 4 species each while the other families consists of 5 species, 7 species and 13 species respectively. Of these, the family Fabaceae has the highest frequency (13 species) representing 19.409% of total species encountered) occurring in all the plots followed by Moraceae which consists of 7 species (10.45%). This result reveals high rate of degradation on the remnant flora species, as a result of habitat conversion into residential area (urbanization), indiscriminate degradation and reclamation of mangrove for development of several infrastructural facilities in order to satisfy the insatiable humans’ wants and subsistence farming. However, these species now need high conservation priorities for sustainability.
Tree, Conservation, Population, Urbanization
Nodza, I. G., Onuminya, T.O. and Ogundipe, O.T. (2014). A Checklist of Tree Species Growing On Akoka Campus of University of Lagos, Nigeria. International Journal of Science, Environment and Technology 3(3): 1021 – 1034.