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On-line version ISSN 2007-4476Print version ISSN 2007-4298


RODRIGUEZ-SANCHEZ, Perla Victoria; LEVY TACHER, Samuel Israel; RAMIREZ-MARCIAL, Neptalí  and  ESTRADA-LUGO, Erin. Comparative analysis of fundo legal vegetation and mature vegetation in the town of Yaxcaba, Yucatan, Mexico. Bot. sci [online]. 2019, vol.97, n.1, pp.50-64. ISSN 2007-4476.


The fundo legal (FL) represents a strip of vegetation that surrounds many towns in the Yucatan Peninsula. The main function of the FL is the provision of ecosystem services.


Does the composition and structure of the FL vegetation differ from the mature vegetation (VM) of the Yaxcabá municipal seat? / The FL and the VM are similar in terms of their floristic richness but not in their structure.

Place and dates of study:

In the VM and the vegetation of the FL of the municipal seat of Yaxcabá, Yucatán from February to July 2017.


They were made 32 sampling units (SU) located in the predominant soil types (hollum and kankab); 24 SU were performed within the FL and 8 SU in the VM. In each SU, all individuals > 2.5 cm in diameter were recorded. The richness and diversity of species was compared between FL and VM through rarefaction to standardize the sampling effect and through a linear model and a post hoc test the structural differences between both types of vegetation could be defined.


The results revealed similarity in richness, tree density and species diversity between FL vegetation and VM. However, the basal area was significantly lower in FL.


The formal differences between the vegetation structure of the FL with respect to VM show us that the sustainable use of FL is possible.

Keywords : conservation; semi-deciduous forest; traditional management.

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