The Relationships between Host Tree Characteristics and Liana Climbing Success at Mo Singto Forest Dynamics Plot, Khao Yai National Park, Thailand

Authors

  • NATTHIDA KHIEWBANYANG Biotec, 113 Science Park, Paholyothin Road, Klong Luang, Pathum Thani 12120, THAILAND
  • JENJIT KHUDAMRONGSAWAT Mahidol University, Rama VI Road, Rachadhavi, Bangkok 10400, THAILAND
  • CHANPEN SARALAMBA Mahidol University, Kanchanaburi Campus, Sai Yok, Kanchanaburi, 71150, THAILAND
  • ANUTTARA NATHALANG Biotec, 113 Science Park, Paholyothin Road, Klong Luang, Pathum Thani 12120, THAILAND

Keywords:

Liana, Climbing Strategy, Host Tree Characteristics, Khao Yai National Park

Abstract

Variations in climbing strategies of liana ramets allow them to successfully ascend to forest canopies. These diverse climbing strategies also depend on variations in sizes and bark textures of host trees. Characteristics of lianas and host trees at the Mo Singto Forest Dynamics Plot in the Khao Yai National Park in Thailand were examined. The total 1,560 ramets were randomly selected. Their sizes were positively correlated with host tree sizes. However, this relationship varied with liana climbing strategies. Most twiner, hook and tendril climbers tended to use small host trees while adventious root climbers used large host tree. The scrambler and the combination of twiner and scrambler ramets appeared to be independent of host tree sizes. Host trees with slightly rough bark texture showed high association with most ramets regardless of sizes and climbing strategies except the adventitious root climbers that were often found on trees with rough bark texture.

Author Biographies

NATTHIDA KHIEWBANYANG, Biotec, 113 Science Park, Paholyothin Road, Klong Luang, Pathum Thani 12120, THAILAND

Ecology Laboratory, Bioresources Technology Unit, Biotec, 113 Science Park, Paholyothin Road, Klong Luang,
Pathum Thani 12120, THAILAND
Animal Systematics and Molecular Ecology Research Group, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science,
Mahidol University, Rama VI Road, Rachadhavi, Bangkok 10400, THAILAND

JENJIT KHUDAMRONGSAWAT, Mahidol University, Rama VI Road, Rachadhavi, Bangkok 10400, THAILAND

Animal Systematics and Molecular Ecology Research Group, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science,
Mahidol University

CHANPEN SARALAMBA, Mahidol University, Kanchanaburi Campus, Sai Yok, Kanchanaburi, 71150, THAILAND

Conservation Biology Program, Division of Biological and Natural Resources Sciences, Mahidol University,
Kanchanaburi Campus, Sai Yok, Kanchanaburi, 71150, THAILAND

ANUTTARA NATHALANG, Biotec, 113 Science Park, Paholyothin Road, Klong Luang, Pathum Thani 12120, THAILAND

Ecology Laboratory, Bioresources Technology Unit, Biotec, 113 Science Park, Paholyothin Road, Klong Luang,
Pathum Thani 12120, THAILAND

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Published

2017-04-24

How to Cite

KHIEWBANYANG, N., KHUDAMRONGSAWAT, J., SARALAMBA, C., & NATHALANG, A. (2017). The Relationships between Host Tree Characteristics and Liana Climbing Success at Mo Singto Forest Dynamics Plot, Khao Yai National Park, Thailand. Tropical Natural History, 17(1), 1–10. Retrieved from https://li01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/tnh/article/view/103059

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