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Changes in the distribution of mechanically dependent plants along a gradient of past hurricane impact.

Batke SP, Kelly DL - AoB Plants (2015)

Bottom Line: The severity of the effects that large disturbance events such as hurricanes can have on the forest canopy and the associated mechanically dependent plant community (epiphytes, climbers, etc.) is dependent on the frequency and intensity of the disturbance events.For holo- and hemi-epiphytes, we found that diversity was significantly negatively related to past hurricane impact.We believe that more emphasis needs to be placed on the effects that past disturbance events have on mechanically dependent plant communities, particularly in areas that are prone to catastrophic perturbations.

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Affiliation: Department of Botany, Trinity College, The University of Dublin, College Green, Dublin 2, Ireland Trinity Centre for Biodiversity Research, Trinity College, The University of Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland Operation Wallacea, Hope House, Old Bolingbroke, Lincolnshire PE23 4EX, UK batkesp@gmail.com.

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Location of our study sites in Cusuco National Park, Honduras.
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PLV096F1: Location of our study sites in Cusuco National Park, Honduras.

Mentions: Cusuco National Park (CNP) is located in the Departments of Santa Barbara and Cortés in north-west Honduras (15°32′31″N, 88°15′49″W; Fig. 1). See Batke et al. (2014) and Batke and Kelly (2014) for a more detailed description of the study site. Briefly, the mountain cloud forest is dominated by broadleaved and needle-leaved tree species from the families Pinaceae, Altingiaceae, Fagaceae, Melastomataceae, Lauraceae, Rubiaceae and Euphorbiaceae. Maximum elevation is 2242 m a.s.l., with annual precipitation of ∼2500 mm (Baker 1994).Figure 1.


Changes in the distribution of mechanically dependent plants along a gradient of past hurricane impact.

Batke SP, Kelly DL - AoB Plants (2015)

Location of our study sites in Cusuco National Park, Honduras.
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PLV096F1: Location of our study sites in Cusuco National Park, Honduras.
Mentions: Cusuco National Park (CNP) is located in the Departments of Santa Barbara and Cortés in north-west Honduras (15°32′31″N, 88°15′49″W; Fig. 1). See Batke et al. (2014) and Batke and Kelly (2014) for a more detailed description of the study site. Briefly, the mountain cloud forest is dominated by broadleaved and needle-leaved tree species from the families Pinaceae, Altingiaceae, Fagaceae, Melastomataceae, Lauraceae, Rubiaceae and Euphorbiaceae. Maximum elevation is 2242 m a.s.l., with annual precipitation of ∼2500 mm (Baker 1994).Figure 1.

Bottom Line: The severity of the effects that large disturbance events such as hurricanes can have on the forest canopy and the associated mechanically dependent plant community (epiphytes, climbers, etc.) is dependent on the frequency and intensity of the disturbance events.For holo- and hemi-epiphytes, we found that diversity was significantly negatively related to past hurricane impact.We believe that more emphasis needs to be placed on the effects that past disturbance events have on mechanically dependent plant communities, particularly in areas that are prone to catastrophic perturbations.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Botany, Trinity College, The University of Dublin, College Green, Dublin 2, Ireland Trinity Centre for Biodiversity Research, Trinity College, The University of Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland Operation Wallacea, Hope House, Old Bolingbroke, Lincolnshire PE23 4EX, UK batkesp@gmail.com.

No MeSH data available.