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Growth rings, phenology, hurricane disturbance and climate in Cyrilla racemiflora L., a rain forest tree of the Luquillo mountains, Puerto Rico
Author(s): A. P. Drew
Publication Type: Article
Article Topic(s): Morphology, Phenology
Research Setting(s): Forest
Species Referenced: Cyrilla racemiflora (Titi),
AbstractStudies the growth phenology of Cyrilla racemosa, the dominant tree species of the montane rain forest in Puerto Rico. Growth phenology was related to seasonal rainfall and temperature patterns. Peak branch growth, new leaf formation, and high levels of leaf litterfall occurred between April and June. Hurricane Hugo defoliated trees in September 1989. This was followed by heavy flowering in 1990. These results may provide information on the best time to propagate Cyrilla racemosa by seed or cuttings.
Suggested CitationA. P. Drew. "Growth rings, phenology, hurricane disturbance and climate in Cyrilla racemiflora L., a rain forest tree of the Luquillo mountains, Puerto Rico." Biotropica 30.1 (1998): 35-49.