Patterns of woody plant epiphytism on tree ferns in New Zealand

  title={Patterns of woody plant epiphytism on tree ferns in New Zealand},
  author={James M. R. Brock and Bruce R. Burns},
  journal={New Zealand Journal of Ecology},
  • J. Brock, B. Burns
  • Published 2021
  • Environmental Science
  • New Zealand Journal of Ecology
Tree fern trunks provide establishment surfaces and habitat for a range of plant taxa including many understorey shrubs and canopy trees. The importance of these habitats for augmenting forest biodiversity and woody plant regeneration processes has been the subject of conjecture but has not been robustly assessed. We undertook a latitudinal study of the woody epiphytes and hemiepiphytes of two species of tree ferns (Cyathea smithii, Dicksonia squarrosa) at seven sites throughout New Zealand to… 

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