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Substrate specificity and episodic catastrophe: constraints on the insular plant biogeography of Suwarrow Atoll, northern Cook Islands

Journal Article


Abstract


  • These islands are probably periodically stripped clean by catastrophic storms. The dominant vegetation is a scrub composed of Pemphis acidula. The isotopes are colonised by only a small pool of species and show a very weak species-area relationship. Larger boulder, shingle and sand islands have developed at the corners of the atoll and support woodland with a more diverse assemblage of species. The Suwarrow flora is impoverished, due both to the distance from the Indo-West Pacific source region and to its isolation. -from Authors

Publication Date


  • 1992

Citation


  • Woodroffe, C. D., & Stoddard, D. R. (1992). Substrate specificity and episodic catastrophe: constraints on the insular plant biogeography of Suwarrow Atoll, northern Cook Islands. Atoll Research Bulletin, 355-364(362).

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-17544398423

Web Of Science Accession Number


Volume


  • 355-364

Issue


  • 362

Abstract


  • These islands are probably periodically stripped clean by catastrophic storms. The dominant vegetation is a scrub composed of Pemphis acidula. The isotopes are colonised by only a small pool of species and show a very weak species-area relationship. Larger boulder, shingle and sand islands have developed at the corners of the atoll and support woodland with a more diverse assemblage of species. The Suwarrow flora is impoverished, due both to the distance from the Indo-West Pacific source region and to its isolation. -from Authors

Publication Date


  • 1992

Citation


  • Woodroffe, C. D., & Stoddard, D. R. (1992). Substrate specificity and episodic catastrophe: constraints on the insular plant biogeography of Suwarrow Atoll, northern Cook Islands. Atoll Research Bulletin, 355-364(362).

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-17544398423

Web Of Science Accession Number


Volume


  • 355-364

Issue


  • 362