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ROCHA, Oscar J; VILCHEZ, Braulio  and  ARAYA ANCHETTA, Ana L. A mast fruiting episode of the tropical tree Peltogyne purpurea(Caesalpinaceae)in the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. Rev. biol. trop [online]. 2006, vol.54, n.4, pp.1151-1155. ISSN 0034-7744.

The existence of mast fruiting has not been well documented in the Neotropics. The occurrence of a mast fruiting episode in the population of the tree Peltogyne purpurea in the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica is described. In February and March of 2000 most of the trees of this species produced a large fruit crop, compared with 1995-1999, when the number of fruit producing trees was very low or zero and those that did bear fruit, did so at a low intensity. In contrast, the fruit crop of 2000 was massive, all trees examined produced fruits and the intensity of fruiting was maximal. There is not enough information on the event for a hypothesis to be formed because the climatic or biological cues that triggered this sporadic flowering are unknown and there is no meteorological data available for this area. Populations with this mode of reproduction may experience local extinction bacause of logging operations. Rev. Biol. Trop. 54 (4): 1151-1155. Epub 2006 Dec. 15

Keywords : fruit production; masting; phenology; supraanual reproduction; Peltogyne purpurea.

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