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Stéphane Traissac and Jean-Pierre Pascal Birth and life of tree aggregates in tropical forest: hypotheses on population dynamics of an aggregated shade-tolerant species Journal of Vegetation Science 25

Article first published online: 17 APR 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12080

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We investigate aggregate dynamics of Vouacapoua americana (Aublet) whose spatial pattern is not simply related to environmental conditions or to its seed dispersal. Regeneration does not occur in centers of aggregate of adults. We suggest that rare long-distance dispersal events and density-dependence predation of seeds and seedlings play a crucial role in formation of new clusters and structuration of larger aggregates.

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