Trees approach gravitational limits to height in tall lowland forests of Malaysia

@inproceedings{King2009TreesAG,
  title={Trees approach gravitational limits to height in tall lowland forests of Malaysia},
  author={David Andrew King and Stuart James Davies and Sylvester Tan and Nur Supardi Md. Noor},
  year={2009}
}
1. In the absence of wind, tree height is limited by elastic instability, which occurs when a tree becomes too spindly to erect itself when bent from the vertical. To assess the extent to which trees approach this limit and characterize species stature in diverse tropical forests, we measured tree dimensions in tall, dense forests at Lambir Hills, National Park, Sarawak, Malaysia and Pasoh Forest Reserve, Peninsular Malaysia. From these measurements we determined characteristic adult heights… CONTINUE READING

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