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Liana Phenology on Barro Colorado Island, Panama
Francis E. Putz and Donald M. Windsor
Vol. 19, No. 4 (Dec., 1987), pp. 334-341
Published by: Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2388631
Page Count: 8
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The production of leaves, flowers, and fruits by 68 lianas (woody vines) representing 43 species was studied on Barro Colorado Island, Panama, over a period of 12 months. The liana phenology data are contrasted with data for 16 species of light-demanding (pioneer) trees and 10 species of shade-tolerant trees. More of the lianas were evergreen and produced new leaves during more of the year than the trees. Flowering of lianas was concentrated during the middle of the dry season and the middle of the wet season. Many liana species, especially those with wind-dispersed propagules, fruited late in the dry season; several fleshy fruited species underwent a secondary fruiting peak late in the wet season.
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