A Quantitative Vegetation Study of Rainforests along Stainback Highway on the Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
A quantitative study of twelve stands was conducted in an area of montane rainforest on the Island of Hawaii. Measurements were taken in each stand for density, dominance, and frequency of trees and saplings using the point-centered quarter method. These measurements were converted into indices of similarity for the twelve stands which were then used to construct nine two-dimensional ordinations. Dominant vegetational components and possible environmental factors acting on the X and Y axes of the ordinations are discussed.