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Table 8 Comparison of leaf production rate in arborescent palms of the Americas (sorted by annual precipitation)

From: Ethnoecology of the palm Brahea dulcis (Kunth) Mart. in central Mexico

Species Vegetation type Annual precipitation (mm) Years of study (#) Leaf production rate (leaves/in-dividual/year) Source
Brahea dulcis Palm forests 500 1.0 11.83 This study
Thrinax radiata* Dry tropical forest 1100 1.5 2.85** 32
Euterpe edulis Subtropical moist forest 1371 1.0 2.21 30
Oenocarpus bataua Premontane forest 1995 9.4 0.72 to 3.36 41
Ceroxylon echinulatum* Cloud forest 2000 to 4000 2.0 2.05 ± 0.69 42
Phytelephas aequatorialis Moist and very moist tropical forest 2300 1.0 2 or 3 (generally)*** 43
Astrocaryum mexicanum Tropical rain forest 4600 6 1.34 seedlings to 2.55 for immature and mature plants 44
Prestoea montana Subtropical rain forest 4661 36 4 ± 0.14 45
  1. *Control plants. **2.85 is the sum of semester one (1.35 leaves) + semester two (1.5 leaves, see Figure 1 in the original paper). ***see Figure 6 in original paper.