Phenological Responses to Seasonality in Tropical Forest Plants

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Abstract

Tropical rainforests include more plant species than any other habitat (Gentry, 1988). An unmatched variety of phenological patterns contributes to this diversity. This variety is illustrated by the one tropical forest for which the reproductive phenologies of most plants are known. On Barro Colorado Island, Panama, most species flower and fruit during short, predictable periods; still more than 600 species have been recorded in flower and in fruit during each calendar month (Croat, 1975, 1978).