Modelling unimodal flowering phenology with exponential sine equations
Article first published online: 19 JUN 2002
Volume 16, Issue 3, pages 413–418, June 2002
How to Cite
Malo, J. E. (2002), Modelling unimodal flowering phenology with exponential sine equations. Functional Ecology, 16: 413–418. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2435.2002.00629.x
- Issue published online: 19 JUN 2002
- Article first published online: 19 JUN 2002
- Received 27 August 2001;revised 8 January 2002; accepted 4 February 2002
- reproductive biology;
1. This paper presents a method for modelling unimodal flowering phenology based on fitting data to an exponential sine function with a minimum number of parameters.
2. Such parameters have the advantage of being direct surrogates for the most relevant features of any phenology (start, duration, intensity, skewness and length of the tails).
3. The use of the proposed function is exemplified using flowering data collected from populations of five Cistaceae species (four from the genus Cistus and one from Halimium).
4. The fitted models account for a large part (> 90%) of the variance in the data, and their parameters are easily interpreted in ecological terms.