Original Articles

Decline and Mortality of Ocotea bullata Trees in the Southern Cape Forests

Published in: South African Forestry Journal
Volume 154, issue 1, 1990 , pages: 7–14
DOI: 10.1080/00382167.1990.9629044
Author(s): W.A. LübbeSaasveld Forestry Research Centre,, C.J. GeldenhuysSaasveld Forestry Research Centre,


Dying trees of Ocotea bullata (Lauraceae) occurred in small groups in certain areas in the medium-moist forests of the southern Cape. Crown health declined significantly (P > 0,01) in the dying groups, but this was not the general trend for the study period of four years. In general, the population is in a healthy state. Group decline is related to a combination of fluctuating wet and dry periods, logging disturbance and a root pathogen.

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