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Wind creates crown shyness, asymmetry and orientation in a tropical montane oak forest

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Markham, John; Markham, John; Otárola, Mauricio Fernández (2020). Wind creates crown shyness, asymmetry and orientation in a tropical montane oak forest [Dataset]. Dryad. https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.34tmpg4hk

Abstract

In a cloud forest dominated by Quercus costaricensis the gap size between the crowns was consistent and crowns were asymmetrical, being elongated perpendicular to the prevailing wind direction. A wind storm of 20 m s-1 removed 1.5% of the leaves, consistent with the idea that wind abrasion shapes tree crowns.