Ecological strategy and tactics of Equisetum sylvaticum during a postfire succession
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): W. J. Beasleigh; G. A. Yarranton
Publication Year: 1974

Cataloging Information

  • Abies balsamea
  • biomass
  • Canada
  • competition
  • coniferous forests
  • distribution
  • Equisetum spp.
  • Equisetum sylvaticum
  • fire resistant plants
  • herbaceous vegetation
  • Larix laricina
  • Ontario
  • phenology
  • Picea glauca
  • Picea mariana
  • plant growth
  • Populus balsamifera
  • Populus tremuloides
  • post-fire recovery
  • reproduction
  • rhizomes
  • sampling
  • seedlings
  • succession
  • succession
  • swamps
  • Thuja occidentalis
  • understory vegetation
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 18218
Tall Timbers Record Number: 775
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Fire File DDW
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

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The proportion of the total aerial dry weight of Equisetum sylvaticum devoted to spore producing and supporting structures does not change in the first 6 years of postfire succession: the ecological strategy remains constant. However, the stem and branch lengths of sterile shoots, their time of appearance, and the distribution of dry weight between sterile shoots do vary during the same period, indicating changes in ecological tactics. The tactical changes appear to be a response to increasing competition. Clones of E. sylvaticum survive repeated fires by means of the deeply buried rhizomes and are evidently very long-lived.

Online Link(s):
Beasleigh, W.J.; Yarranton, G.A. 1974. Ecological strategy and tactics of Equisetum sylvaticum during a postfire succession. Canadian Journal of Botany 52(11):2299-2318.