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Relationships between branch spacing, growth rate and light in tropical forest saplings

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dc.contributor.author King, David A. en
dc.contributor.author Leigh, Egbert Giles, Jr. en
dc.contributor.author Condit, Richard S. en
dc.contributor.author Foster, Robin B. en
dc.contributor.author Hubbell, Stephen P. en
dc.date.accessioned 2013-01-02T19:38:53Z
dc.date.available 2013-01-02T19:38:53Z
dc.date.issued 1997
dc.identifier.citation King, David A., Leigh, Egbert Giles, Jr., Condit, Richard S., Foster, Robin B., and Hubbell, Stephen P. 1997. "<a href="https://repository.si.edu/handle/10088/19464">Relationships between branch spacing, growth rate and light in tropical forest saplings</a>." <em>Functional Ecology</em>. 11 (5):627&ndash;635. en
dc.identifier.issn 0269-8463
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10088/19464
dc.description.abstract 1. The spacing of branches along central stems was related to growth rate and light level in forest saplings and trees in tropical moist forest on Barro Colorado Island (BCI), Panama. The study included 14 species with tiers of plagiotropic branches (having planar leaf arrangements) and four species with continuous distributions of plagiotropic branches. 2. All species showed increases in branch spacing with increasing light and growth rate of diameter, similar to the patterns in leaf spacing noted previously in species which initially bear large leaves on unbranched stems. 3. Non-tiered species had shorter internodes than tiered species but because the latter bear more branches per node, both groups had similar numbers of branches per unit stem length, when compared at similar growth rates. 4. Differences in the relationship between internode length and growth rate among tiered species were related to demographic characteristics, suggesting that tree architecture may influence forest composition. 5. The strong correlation observed between branch spacing and growth rate suggests that branch spacing may be used to estimate past growth histories of forest tree species with plagiotropic branches. en
dc.relation.ispartof Functional Ecology en
dc.title Relationships between branch spacing, growth rate and light in tropical forest saplings en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.srbnumber 102950
rft.jtitle Functional Ecology
rft.volume 11
rft.issue 5
rft.spage 627
rft.epage 635
dc.description.SIUnit STRI en
dc.citation.spage 627
dc.citation.epage 635

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