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Title: Tree species exhibit complex patterns of distribution in bottomland hardwood forests

Author: Dimov, Luben D; Chambers, Jim L; Lockhart, Brian R.;

Date: 2013

Source: Annals of Forest Science 70:813-823.

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: & Context Understanding tree interactions requires an insight into their spatial distribution. & Aims We looked for presence and extent of tree intraspecific spatial point pattern (random, aggregated, or overdispersed) and interspecific spatial point pattern (independent, aggregated, or segregated). & Methods We established twelve 0.64-ha plots in natural bottomland hardwood stands in the southeastern USA. & Results Spatial point pattern analyses (Ripley’s K, L, and L12) indicated that, when species were combined, trees were frequently aggregated and less commonly overdispersed. Plots with larger trees were more likely to exhibit overdispersion, confirming a shift to this pattern as trees grow. The intraspecific pattern of cherrybark oak and water oak was either aggregated or random. Sweetgum was aggregated on all plots and always at smaller distances (less than 5 m) than the two oak species. Intraspecific overdispersion was very rare. Interspecific segregation among the two oak species was more commonly observed (six plots) than aggregation (one plot). Cherrybark oak and sweetgum were segregated at some scale on seven of the 12 plots and aggregated on only two plots. & Conclusion The results from the analyses suggest that strong interspecific competition may result in segregation of trees from different species, while weaker intraspecific competition may lead to aggregations of conspecifics.

Keywords: Univariate and bivariate tree spatial patterns

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Dimov, Luben D; Chambers, Jim L; Lockhart, Brian R. 2013. Tree species exhibit complex patterns of distribution in bottomland hardwood forests. Annals of Forest Science 70:813-823.

 


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