Sapwood area ofPinus contorta stands as a function of mean size and density
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- Long, J.N. & Dean, T.J. Oecologia (1986) 68: 410. doi:10.1007/BF01036747
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An indirect test of the relationship between leaf area and the combination of mean size and density is made in stands of lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta Dougl.). Total sapwood cross-sectional area of these stands is a function of the product of density and mean diameter raised to an exponent of about 1.6. Results from other studies, representing four species, suggest that this relationship between sapwood area and the combination of mean size and density may be general. The implications of the relationship are discussed in the context of evapotranspiration, competition and self-thinning.