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Within-crown flowering synchrony in strangler figs, and its relationship to allofusion

TitleWithin-crown flowering synchrony in strangler figs, and its relationship to allofusion
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1997
AuthorsThomson, JD, Dent-Acosta, S, Escobar-Paramo, P, Nason, JD
JournalBiotropica
Page range291-297
Abstract

We studied flowering phenology at the level of individual branches within strangler fig trees to determine (1) whether branches bloomed asynchronously within trees and (2) whether asynchrony, if observed, could be ascribed to genetically different branches of mosaic trees (i.e., trees formed by spontaneous grafting of genetically different individuals) undergoing individual flowering cycles that were out of phase with each other. Although asynchrony was fairly common, it most often reflected individual branches failing to bloom during one flowering episode, then coming back to bloom in synchrony at the next episode. We detected fewer mosaic trees than expected, and found only a very weak suggestion that mosaic trees may show less within-tree synchrony than simple trees.

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