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    Partial cambial mortality is a growth form that is characteristic of Pinus aristata trees. To better elucidate their cambial death pattern, tree size and aspect of cambial death data were gathered from three Pinus aristata forests in central Colorado, USA. Stripping frequency tended to be higher for larger diameter classes. Partial cambial mortality exhibits significant directionality within each stand. Furthermore, cambial death was measured to be most frequent on the wind-exposed side of stripped trees in two of the three study sites and appeared to be at the third. Data presented here support the hypothesis that wind plays a role in the occurrence of partial cambial mortality in Pinus aristata. The mechanisms by which wind causes cambial mortality remain unclear.

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    Schauer, Andrew J.; Schoettle, Anna W.; Boyce, Richard L. 2001. Partial cambial mortality in high-elevation Pinus aristata (Pinaceae). American Journal of Botany. 88(4): 646-652.


    bark stripping, bristlecone pine, Colorado, partial cambial mortality, Pinus aristata, Rocky Mountains, wind

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