Topographic and spatial controls of palm species distributions in a montane rain forest, southern Ecuador

@article{Svenning2008TopographicAS,
  title={Topographic and spatial controls of palm species distributions in a montane rain forest, southern Ecuador},
  author={Jens‐Christian Svenning and Dorthea Harlev and Marianne Moesgaard S{\o}rensen and Henrik Balslev},
  journal={Biodiversity and Conservation},
  year={2008},
  volume={18},
  pages={219-228}
}
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