Table. 2.

Site-level differences in plant functional type parameters in the study area

Parameter Site
Desert steppe (DS) Typical steppe (S) Forest steppe (FS)
Vegetation coverage (%) 4.5 ± 0.7c 11.0 ± 1.8b 33.1 ± 4.7a
Biomass (g m−2) 15.7 ± 1.1c 34.2 ± 1.2b 47.1 ± 1.4a
(a) Palatability
Coverage (%) IP 1.8 ± 0.5a 1.9 ± 0.4a 0.2 ± 0.06a
P 2.6 ± 0.3c 8.6 ± 1.3b 28.6 ± 3.9a
TT 0.1 ± 0.04b 0.4 ± 0.07b 4.3 ± 0.8a
RIV (%) IP% 40.2 ± 3.4a 17.6 ± 3.3b 0.6 ± 0.2b
P% 57.6 ± 3.3b 78.7 ± 3.0a 86.3 ± 2.0a
TT% 2.2 ± 0.7b 3.7 ± 0.5b 13.1 ± 1.9a
(b) Life form
Coverage (%) Annual 0.5 ± 0.2a 1.1 ± 0.3a 0.3 ± 0.08a
Perennial 4.0 ± 0.5b 9.9 ± 1.5ab 32.8 ± 4.8a
RIV (%) Annual 11.4 ± 2.5a 9.9 ± 2.0a 1.1 ± 1.6a
Perennial 88.6 ± 2.5a 90.1 ± 2.0a 98.9 ± 1.6a

Values are presented as mean ± standard deviation.

IP: impalatable; P: palatable; TT: trampling tolerant; RIV: relative importance value.

Different letters indicate the significance of the Tukey’s HSD test (p < 0.05).

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