Reproductive Strategies and the Co-occurrence of Climax Tree Species

Science  05 Sep 1975:
Vol. 189, Issue 4205, pp. 808-810
DOI: 10.1126/science.189.4205.808


In a central New Hampshire forest, three co-occurring tree species were found to occupy different positions on a reproductive strategy gradient. These reproductive strategy differences, in part, described separate niches for the species. The three-species complex is hypothesized to form a dynamic climax overstory characterized by cyclical replacement of one dominant species by another.