Above-ground biomass structure of a Chusquea tessellata bamboo páramo, Chingaza National Park, Cordillera Oriental, Colombia

Abstract

The present study was carried out in the bamboo (Chusquea tessellata) páramo of ‘Parque Natural Nacional de Chingaza’, Eastern Cordillera, Colombia from December 1987 to April 1988. Above-ground biomass structure of bamboo páramo was quantified in 16 plots. These data are compared with previous results on above-ground biomass structure of bunch-grass (Calamagrostis spp.) páramos. The total (non-living and living) above-ground biomass of a Chusquea tessellata bamboo páramo was low (2,625 g DW · m−2) compared to bunch-grass páramo. Nevertheless, higher values of standing living biomass and litter are found in the bamboo páramo due to the leaf shed of the bamboo. The thick litter layer may inhibit germination and growth of nearby plants. Maximum biomass is found near the ground surface. Cumulative LAI (In transformed) and height in the bamboo vegetation are related parabolically for Chusquea tessellata and linearly for bunch-grass due to differences in leaf distribution. The mean bifacial LAI of living Chusquea tessellata leaves is 2.2 m2 · m−2, whereas it is 2.5 m2 · m-2 for all Poaceae.

DOI: 10.1007/BF00119384

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@article{Tol2004AbovegroundBS, title={Above-ground biomass structure of a Chusquea tessellata bamboo p{\'a}ramo, Chingaza National Park, Cordillera Oriental, Colombia}, author={Gerrit J. Tol and Antoine M. Cleef}, journal={Vegetatio}, year={2004}, volume={115}, pages={29-39} }