The pattern and distribution of Brachylaena huillensis in semi-deciduous dry forests in Kenya



The pattern of distribution, in space and time, of Brachylaena huillensis (Compositae) in two semi-deciduous forests in Kenya was investigated. Results showed that seedlings and adults are distributed in patches, reflecting the distribution of female trees in the forest. Seedlings of different ages occur within the patches indicating that continuous establishment is ensured on sites under canopy. Other factors, however, seem to influence the degree of patchiness, and an investigation of these is needed.