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A mast fruiting episode of the tropical tree Peltogyne purpurea (Caesalpinaceae) in the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18457153     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The existence of mast fruiting has not been well documented in the Neotropics. The occurrence of a mast fruiting episode in the population of the tree Peltogyne purpurea in the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica is described. In February and March of 2000 most of the trees of this species produced a large fruit crop, compared with 1995-1999, when the number of fruit producing trees was very low or zero and those that did bear fruit, did so at a low intensity. In contrast, the fruit crop of 2000 was massive, all trees examined produced fruits and the intensity of fruiting was maximal. There is not enough information on the event for a hypothesis to be formed because the climatic or biological cues that triggered this sporadic flowering are unknown and there is no meteorological data available for this area. Populations with this mode of reproduction may experience local extinction bacause of logging operations.
Oscar J Rocha; Braulio Vílchez; Ana L Araya Anchetta
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Revista de biología tropical     Volume:  54     ISSN:  0034-7744     ISO Abbreviation:  Rev. Biol. Trop.     Publication Date:  2006 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-05-06     Completed Date:  2008-08-05     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0404267     Medline TA:  Rev Biol Trop     Country:  Costa Rica    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1151-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Escuela de Biología, Universidad de Costa Rica, Ciudad Universitaria Rodrigo Facio, San Pedro de Montes de Oca, 2060 San José, Costa Rica.
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MeSH Terms
Costa Rica
Fruit / growth & development*
Trees / growth & development,  physiology*
Tropical Climate

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