Host associations of lianas in a south-east Queensland rain forest

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Journal of Tropical Ecology


hypothesis that because frugivorous birds are more likely to be found in the canopies of fleshy-fruited trees and are more likely to deposit seeds from fleshy-fruited lianas under these trees, that the fruit type of host trees and lianas may play a role in liana establishment. Most of their liana species were fleshy-fruited, which is counter to most liana species (usually wind-dispersed). Biplots indicated a strong relationship between individual liana species and tree species. Dbh and fruit type appear to be strong factors in determining presence/absence of various liana types on tree species. Tendrillar climbers had the highest probability of being found on mid-sized, fleshy-fruited trees.

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