Estimating leaf-area growth in pine

  • Authors: Harms, William R.
  • Publication Year: 1971
  • Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
  • Source: Ecology
  • DOI: 10.2307/1936047


Nondestructive estimates of the leaf-area growth (A) of a pine tree can be obtained from periodic measurements of the green length and the average fascicle length of the foliated portion (fascicle cluster) of individual branches. The prediction equation is A = b_0N + b_1 (Sum of N G_iL_i) where G_i is the green length, L_i is the average fascicle length for the ith fascicle cluster (i = 1,2,...,N), and N is the number of fascicle clusters on the tree. The coefficients for the equation are determined by the method of least squares from a representative sample of fascicle clusters of known leaf area and varying G and L.

  • Citation: Harms, William R. 1971. Estimating leaf-area growth in pine. Ecology. 52(5): 931-934.
  • Keywords: pine trees, leaf area, branches, surface areas, coniferous forests, mathematical growth, leaves, forest growth, coefficients, estimators
  • Posted Date: March 10, 2020
  • Modified Date: March 12, 2020
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