Hegde, V and Chandran, MDS and Gadgil, M (1998) Variation in bark thickness in a tropical forest community of Western Ghats in India. In: Functional Ecology, 12 (2). pp. 313-318.
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1. We examined the relation between bark thickness and girth in a large sample of trees from evergreen and semi-evergreen rain forest. 2. There is a significant tendency for bark thickness to increase with tree girth. Removing this tendency, we find a significant trend for species from more disturbed habitats to possess thicker bark. 3. Species from more disturbed habitats also have a greater propensity for secreting gums and resins. 4. Nine of the 29 species occurring in more than one habitat type and with a sample size of at least 11 individuals show a tendency for possession of a thicker bark by individuals in the more disturbed habitats. 5. We conclude that bark thickness and occurrence of gums and resins are physiognomic-structural attributes of value in characterizing tree communities created by different levels of disturbance.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
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|Department/Centre:||Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences|
|Date Deposited:||07 Jan 2005|
|Last Modified:||11 Jan 2012 05:57|
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