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Canopy soils and epiphyte richness

Research and Exploration 7(2): 156-165
Canopy soils and epiphyte richness
Humic soil was collected from limbs and stems of 5 recently fallen trees at 2 forest sites in Costa Rica: the tropical wet forest at La Selva Biological Reserve, and the lower montane rain forest at Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Analysis of the soils for important plant nutrients showed large differences among trees on the same site. Ca, Fe, K, NO3, NH4 and PO4 ions varied by nearly an order of magnitude among soils from different trees on the same site.

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