Tree Autecology and Biology

Acer pseudoplatanus
Maesopsis eminii Syzygium jambos
Invasive Woody Plants

Tree Autecology and Biology

Temperate Forest Ecology

Tropical Forest Ecology


Sand Dune Ecology

East Usambaras

Pitcairn Islands

The autecology of a few species of temperate and tropical woody plants has been investigated. The focus of the work has been to establish which stage in the life-history of the respective species limits or promotes natural regeneration.

Acer pseudoplatanus

Acer pseudoplatanus L. (Aceraceae) is a large broadleaf tree native to Europe which is more common in mountain areas. It is somewhat shade-tolerant and wind-firm and the species produces a highly valuable timber.

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Maesopsis eminii

Maesopsis eminii Engler (Rhamnaceae) is a large African tropical forest tree. It is a fast-growing and light-demanding species which has been introduced to various parts of the tropics for timber production or as a shade tree.

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Syzygium jambos

Syzygium jambos (L.) Alston (Myrtaceae) is a medium-sized tree from south-east Asia commonly planted throughout the tropics for its large edible fruits or as a source of fuelwood. The tree is highly shade tolerant and regenerates profusely even under its own canopy.

Syzygium jambos foliage and flowers in a monotypic stand on Pitcairn Island (South Pacific). The bird nest belongs to the endemic Pitcairn warbler which is common in stands of S. jambos. (27239 bytes)
Some aspects of the autecology of Fraxinus excelsior L. (Oleacae), Hippophae rhamnoides L. (Elaeagnaceae) and Thespesia populnae (L.) Corr. Serr. (Malvaceae) have also been investigated.
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