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Vegetation Dynamics of a Permanent Pasture Plot in Puerto RicoAuthor(s): R. Myster
Source: BIOTROPICA 35(3): 422–428
Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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DescriptionI set up a 250 m2 plot and found after five years that (1) grass dominated by ferns and woody species was gradually increasing over time; (2) woody genera (Syzygium, Calophyllum, and Clidemia) common here have not been found elsewhere on the island and ‘‘successional’’ trees, such as Cecropia sp. and Shefflera sp., were completely absent; (3) smaller, earlier trees were also found away from the forest; and (4) the plot had multiple strata and was recovering forest structural characteristics such as productivity and richness.
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CitationMyster, R. 2003. Vegetation Dynamics of a Permanent Pasture Plot in Puerto Rico. BIOTROPICA 35(3): 422–428
Keywordsinvasibility, land use, LTER, Luquillo Experimental Forest, old fields, succession.
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