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Growth Habits, Host Tree Species, and Density of Hemiepiphytes on Barro Colorado Island, Panama
Vol. 18, No. 1 (Mar., 1986), pp. 22-27
Published by: Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2388357
Page Count: 6
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Hemiepiphytes in a moist lowland forest were studied to ascertain their relative abundance, host specificity, growth habits, and spatial patterning. Ten percent of the trees support hemiepiphytes which translates to a density of 11.1 hemiepiphyte individuals per hectare. Host tree microhabitats, hemiepiphyte establishment requirements and the behavior of dispersal agents may influence spatial patterning and host specificity. Two classes of hemiepiphytes are recognized: strangling hemiepiphytes which can become free-standing, and permanent hemiepiphytes which cannot.
Biotropica © 1986 Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation