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Does growth rhythm of a widespread species change in distinct growth sites?

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This chapter aims to understand responses in growth rhythm to different climatic conditions of the widespread deciduous species Cedrela odorata. To understand the colonization and survival strategies of tree species in their natural environment, it is important to study their growth dynamics. Despite the differences between growth period among the different sites and the different annual conditions, there is a clear seasonality of Cedrela odorata growth rhythm, determined by leaf abscission and cambial dormancy in the drier period of the year, even when there is no water deficit in the dry period, like in 2009 in Nova Iguaçu. The fact that C. odorata is a widespread species that follows local climate and has annual growth rings could recommend it for the construction of a tree ring chronology for Latin America. However, its growth period occurs in different periods of the year, depending on rainfall seasonality in each site.

Keywords: cambial dormancy; Cedrela odorata; colonization; growth dynamics; growth rhythm; Latin America; leaf abscission



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