DISTRIBUTION OF Vitex altissima IN SRI LANKA.
Forest Department, Battaramulla.
Vitex altissima is one of the most important timber species in Sri Lanka.
Traditionally timber of this species is used for construction of door
and window frames. Historical records reveal, this is a widely distributed
species in Sri Lanka found both in dry zone and wet zone. However due
to over exploitation, this species has become somewhat rare in many parts
of the country.
The NCR study shows the distribution of woody species in the country.
It has a higher relative frequency in disturbed forests than in least
disturbed forests. It is more common in peripheral areas of the forests.
The NCR results revealed that V. altissima has a wide distribution range
The distribution range of V. altissima is from very dry monsoon forests
to ever wet rain forests. However, it is not recorded in sub-montane or
montane regions. This data shows V. altissima is not a rare species and
it has a wide distribution in low country irrespective of rainfall. This
information on ecological range of this species can be used in forest
Department of Forestry and Environmental Science,
of Sri Jayewardenepura,Sri Lanka. 1999. All rights reserved.