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Plant phenology in a cloud forest on the island of Maui, Hawaii

June 16, 2010

We recorded the times of flowering, fruiting, and leafing of ten native canopy and subcanopy trees and shrubs (monthly from December 1994 through December 1997) in a montane cloud forest with relatively aseasonal rainfall on the island of Maui, Hawaii. These species represented the great majority of individual woody plants at the site. Flowers and fruits were available in the community year-round; however, all species exhibited annual patterns of flowering, and four species showed annual patterns of fruiting while the rest fruited in supra-annual patterns. Many species had protracted flowering or fruiting peaks, and some bore small numbers of flowers or fruit year-round. Most species flowered in a monthly peak mainly between May and August, corresponding to the period of greatest solar irradiance and marginally higher temperatures. Fruit ripening followed at varying intervals. In contrast, the heaviest flowering occurred between November and March, resulting from bloom of the dominant tree, Metrosideros polymorpha. At the highest elevations, Metrosideros flowering was heaviest during September, but peak flowering of lower elevation trees occurred in late fall and winter. Two varieties of this species differed in their temporal and spatial patterns of flowering. For M. polymorpha var. polymorpha and var. incana, bloom peaked annually between November and January; however, for M. polymorpha var. glaberrima, flowering peaked from April through July, with a possible earlier secondary peak in January.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2000
Title Plant phenology in a cloud forest on the island of Maui, Hawaii
DOI
Authors Kim E. Berlin, T.K. Pratt, John C. Simon, James R. Kowalsky, J.S. Hatfield
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Biotropica
Series Number
Index ID 5223917
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Patuxent Wildlife Research Center