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How Trees Avoid and Shed Lianas
Francis E. Putz
Vol. 16, No. 1 (Mar., 1984), pp. 19-23
Published by: Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2387889
Page Count: 5
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Liana (woody vine) loads on 20 trees (dbh >20 cm) were determined for each of 24 species on Barro Colorado Island, Panama. Three species were consistently free of lianas. Trees of predominantly liana-free species were more flexible and had longer leaves than trees of species that more often carried lianas. It is suggested that because lianas are likely to slow host-tree growth rates and may increase tree mortality rates, characteristics that help trees to shed or avoid lianas are advantageous in liana-rich forests.
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