Original paper

Buttresses of tropical forest trees and spatial competition

de Sloover, J. R.; Fagnant, M.

Phytocoenologia Band 24 Heft 1-4 (1994), p. 573 - 577

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published: Apr 8, 1994

DOI: 10.1127/phyto/24/1994/573

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According to a hypothesis set up by Black & Harper (1979), buttresses of lowland tropical forest trees could also account for organs granting a higher competitive value. To test that hypothesis measures were taken in a forest on a coral cay off the northern coast of Papua New Guinea. Results point out that on the average buttressed trees are a little more apart from their neighbours than unbuttressed ones and that consequently the number of neighbours was higher whatever the species may be.


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