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Stunted Cloud-forest in Taveuni, Fiji

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Title:Stunted Cloud-forest in Taveuni, Fiji
Authors:Ash, J.
Date Issued:1987
Publisher:University of Hawaii Press
Citation:Ash J. 1987. Stunted loud-forest in Taveuni, Fiji. Pac Sci 41: 191-199.
Abstract:The vegetation and microclimate of a stunted ridge-top cloudforest
on Mt. Koroturanga (l210m), Taveuni, Fiji (Lat. l7 °S, Long. 180°) is
described. Canopy heights decreased from about 30m at sea level to 10m at
1140m altitude and to 3-7m on the ridge and upper windward slopes. The
stunted trees were of low height for their stem diameter, and had abundant
epiphytic bryophytes. The upper windward slopes and ridge were usually cloud
enveloped and had low temperature (c 17°C), high relative humidity (c94%) and
high wind speed (c 5m S-1 at 15m height). Canopy height was closely correlated
with estimated rates of leaf transpiration. The cloud-forest had abundant
Freycinetia urvilleana in the upper canopy and included species restricted to this
environment on a few peaks in Fiji, e.g. Ascarina swamyana and Medinilla
Appears in Collections: Pacific Science Volume 41, Numbers 1-4, 1987

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