TITLE

Spatial patterns of a tropical tree species growing under an eucalyptus plantation in South-East Brazil

AUTHOR(S)
Higuchi, P.; Silva, A. C.; Louzada, J. N. C.; Machado, E. L. M.
PUB. DATE
May 2010
SOURCE
Brazilian Journal of Biology;May2010, Vol. 70 Issue 2, p271
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The objectives of this study were to evaluate the influence of propagules source and the implication of tree size class on the spatial pattern of Xylopia brasiliensis Spreng. individuals growing under the canopy of an experimental plantation of eucalyptus. To this end, all individuals of Xylopia brasiliensis with diameter at soil height (dsh) ≥ 1 cm were mapped in the understory of a 3.16 ha Eucalyptus spp. and Corymbia spp. plantation, located in the municipality of Lavras, SE Brazil. The largest nearby mature tree of X. brasiliensis was considered as the propagules source. Linear regressions were used to assess the influence of the distance of propagules source on the population parameters (density, basal area and height). The spatial pattern of trees was assessed through the Ripley K function. The overall pattern showed that the propagules source distance had strong influence over spatial distribution of trees, mainly the small ones, indicating that the closer the distance from the propagules source, the higher the tree density and the lower the mean tree height. The population showed different spatial distribution patterns according to the spatial scale and diameter class considered. While small trees tended to be aggregated up to around 80 m, the largest individuals were randomly distributed in the area. A plausible explanation for observed patterns might be limited seed rain and intra-population competition.
ACCESSION #
51545155

 

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