Sub Alpine Forests And Alpine Scrubs

Sub Alpine Forests And Alpine Scrubs

1. Sub-Alpine Forests
Altitudinal Range 10500-12000 ft. (3180-3635m)
Rain Fall 60 inches (1525mm) and above - (More than 60% as snow)
Distribution

Stunted deciduous or evergreen forest usually in close formation with or without conifers. This type occurs in Bagh, Poonch and Muzaffarabad areas beyond timber limit (above 10500 ft. approx).

Common Species

Birch (Betulautilis) with or without an upper storey of Fir (Abiespindrow), Kail (Pinuswallichiana), singly or in groups with other trees and shrubs like Willows (Salix spp), Guch (Vibernumspp),Simrang (Rhodendronspp), and Phut (Loniceraspp).

           
   
2. Alpine Scrubs and Pastures
Altitudinal Range 11500 ft. (3485m) and above
Rain Fall 60 inches (1525mm) and above - (More than 60% as snow)
Distribution This type includes shrub formation 2 to 6 ft. tall, above the Sub-Alpine Forests
Common Species

The general species are:-Simrang (Rhododendron spp), Willow (Salix spp), Phut (Loniceraspp) characterised by their prostrating form due to remaining burried under heavy snow.