, Volume 110, Issue 1, pp 7-13

Production-dependent reproductive allocation of a tall tree speciesQuercus serrata

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Abstract

The reproductive allocation (allocation of net production to acorns) of a tall tree speciesQuercus serrata was estimated by a method combining branch diameter distribution and the sampling of acorns per branch. Acorn production per branch of 0.5-cm diameter significantly varied among individuals and years, but not significantly across tree size. Leaf production per branch of 0.5-cm diameter had little annual fluctuation, while that of acorns fluctuated about 6 times between the maximum and minimum. The reproductive allocation was regressed against vegetative allocation, following the general model of klinkhameret al. (1992); the reproduction had a beginning threshold and reproductive allocation increased drastically at relatively young stage after the tree began reproduction. With its small threshold production, coppicing traits and large maximum size,Q. serrata seemed adaptive to infrequent but large-scale disturbances like fires.