Crown illumination limits the population growth rate of a neotropical understorey palm (Geonoma macrostachys, Arecaceae)

@article{Svenning2004CrownIL,
  title={Crown illumination limits the population growth rate of a neotropical understorey palm (Geonoma macrostachys, Arecaceae)},
  author={Jens-Christian Svenning},
  journal={Plant Ecology},
  year={2004},
  volume={159},
  pages={185-199}
}
The importance of light as a limiting factor for growth and reproductionin tropical understorey plants is well known, but the population-levelconsequences of light limitation remain little explored. Here, I usedemographicmodelling to examine if the effect of canopy gaps on individual-levelperformance in a tropical understorey palm translates into an effect on thepopulation growth rate. The demographic effects of heterogeneity in crownillumination (index of hemispherical canopy openness), forest… CONTINUE READING

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