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Demography of an Undergrowth Palm in Littoral Cameroon

Stephen H. Bullock
Biotropica
Vol. 12, No. 4 (Dec., 1980), pp. 247-255
DOI: 10.2307/2387694
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2387694
Page Count: 9
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Demography of an Undergrowth Palm in Littoral Cameroon
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Abstract

This study of Podococcus barteri in Cameroon, equatorial West Africa, shows that the longevity of this small palm is in the range of 63-74 years. Seasonality is more pronounced in flowering than in leaf production. Adults produce one leaf per year, each lasting about five years in the crown. Proliferation by stolons begins many years before flowering. The leafy stolons may grow two-eight or more years before establishing the ramets. Inflorescence development, flowering, and seed maturation take about 1.4 years. Only 0.08 percent of the ovules become mature seeds. A stage projection matrix gives the annual population growth rate as 1.2 percent. The growth index λ is more sensitive to changes in mortality of juveniles and young adults than of seeds-seedlings, mature-old adults, or stolons. Mortality at several stages of sexual reproduction and the size advantage of ramets account for the greater importance of cloning to population dynamics, although the relative energetics have not been assessed.

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