Why Do Some Tropical Forests Have So Many Species of Trees?

@inproceedings{Leigh2004WhyDS,
  title={Why Do Some Tropical Forests Have So Many Species of Trees?},
  author={Egbert G. Leigh and Priya Davidar and Christopher W Dick and Jean-Philippe Puyravaud and John Terborgh and Hans ter Steege and S Joseph Wright},
  year={2004}
}
ABSTRACT Understanding why there are so many kinds of tropical trees requires learning, not only how tree species coexist, but what factors drive tree speciation and what governs a tree clade's diversification rate. Many report that hybrid sterility evolves very slowly between separated tree populations. If so, tree species rarely originate by splitting of large populations. Instead, they begin with few trees. The few studies available suggest that reproductive isolation between plant… CONTINUE READING

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