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Journal Article

Productivity and Composition of a Baldcypress-Water Tupelo Site and a Bottomland Hardwood Site in a Louisiana Swamp

William H. Conner and John W. Day, Jr.
American Journal of Botany
Vol. 63, No. 10 (Nov. - Dec., 1976), pp. 1354-1364
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2441844
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Productivity and Composition of a Baldcypress-Water Tupelo Site and a Bottomland Hardwood Site in a Louisiana Swamp
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Abstract

The productivity and composition of two study sites in a southern Louisiana freshwater swamp were studied from October 1973 to November 1974. Net productivity was determined from measurements of litter-fall, stem growth of woody species, and harvest samples of annual herbaceous understory. Annual stem growth was calculated from biomass estimates on two different dates. The annual increase in stem biomass was 800 g dry wt/m2 for a bottomland hardwood site (BLH) and 500 g dry wt/m2 for a baldcypress-water tupelo site (CT). Litter-fall was 574 g dry wt/m2/yr for BLH and 620 g dry wt/m2/yr for CT. Harvest samples within the two plots yielded 200 g dry wt/m2 and 20 g dry wt/m2 for BLH and CT, respectively. Minimum net primary production was calculated as the sum of the three: 1574 g dry wt/m2/yr for BLH and 1140 g dry wt/m2/yr for CT. Maximum estimates of herbaceous production and insect consumption were made by using values from the literature. Estimated total net primary productivity was 1733 g dry wt/m2/yr for BLH and 1516 g dry wt/m2/yr for CT. Tree composition was determined by the point-centered quarter method. Relative frequency, relative density, absolute density, relative dominance, and importance value (IV) were calculated for the tree species along each transect. In the bottomland hardwood area many woody species exist with Acer rubrum var. drummondii (IV = 23.9) and Nyssa aquatica (IV = 18.4) the most dominant. In the baldcypress-water tupelo area, fewer woody species exist and Taxodium distichum (IV = 39.2) and N. aquatica (IV = 37.6) dominated. Comparison of productivity data from several southeastern swamps indicate that flowing water regimes tend to result in the highest swamp forest productivity.

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