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The coconut palm, Cocos nucifera, impacts forest composition and soil characteristics at Palmyra Atoll, Central Pacific
Journal of Vegetation Science (2010)
  • Hillary S. Young, Stanford University
  • Ted K. Raab, Stanford University
  • Douglas J McCauley, Stanford University
  • Amy A Briggs, Stanford University
  • Rodolfo Dirzo, Stanford University
Abstract
Cocos nucifera, the coconut palm, has a pantropical distribution and reaches near monodominance in many atolls, low lying islands and coastal regions. This paper examines the ecological correlation between C. nucifera abundance and changes in forest structure, floristic diversity and forest soil characteristics. Cumulatively, these data show that C. nucifera has important impacts on floristic, structural and soil characteristics of forests where it becomes dominant. Given the high proportion of tropical coastal areas in which C. nucifera is now naturalized and abundant, this likely has important implications for coastal forest diversity and structure.
Publication Date
Fall 2010
Citation Information
Hillary S. Young, Ted K. Raab, Douglas J McCauley, Amy A Briggs, et al.. "The coconut palm, Cocos nucifera, impacts forest composition and soil characteristics at Palmyra Atoll, Central Pacific" Journal of Vegetation Science Vol. 21 (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/ted_k_raab/3/