Mast Flowering and Semelparity in Bamboos: The Bamboo Fire Cycle Hypothesis

  title={Mast Flowering and Semelparity in Bamboos: The Bamboo Fire Cycle Hypothesis},
  author={J. Keeley and W. Bond},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  pages={383 - 391}
  • J. Keeley, W. Bond
  • Published 1999
  • Medicine, Biology
  • The American Naturalist
  • Mast flowering is the phenomenon of massive flowering and fruiting at intermittent intervals that is synchronized within a species across large areas. Most masting species are iteroparous, flowering and fruiting multiple times during their life span (Silvertown 1980). Bamboos are an exception as mast flowering is largely restricted to semelparous species that flower once and die (Janzen 1976). Additionally, whereas most mast-flowering species produce seed crops on a cycle of 3–7 yr (Silvertown… CONTINUE READING
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