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Predicting liana crown location from stem diameter in three Panamanian lowland forests

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Kurzel B; Schnitzer S; Carson W

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2006

Biotropica

38

262-266

In three forests that differed in annual rainfall and seasonality the probability of a liana with a stem >=2.0 cm stem diameter reaching the canopy was >50 percent. Lianas reached the canopy at significantly smaller size-classes (1.5 cm) in the wet aseasonal forest suggesting that this estimate changes with forest type. Nevertheless as a general rule we suggest that 2.0 cm is the minium stem diameter to examine the abundance and diversity of canopy lianas or canopy competition between lianas and trees.

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The Liana Ecology Project is supported by Marquette University and funded in part by the National Science Foundation.