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Acta Botanica Brasilica

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BUDKE, Jean Carlos; GIEHL, Eduardo Luís Hettwer; ATHAYDE, Eduardo Anversa  and  ZACHIA, Renato Aquino. Spatial distribution of Mesadenella cuspidata (Lindl.) Garay (Orchidaceae) in a riparian forest, Santa Maria, RS, Brazil. Acta Bot. Bras. [online]. 2004, vol.18, n.1, pp.31-35. ISSN 1677-941X.

Mesadenella cuspidata (Lindl.) Garay is a terrestrial orchid found inside Southern Brazilian forests. In spite of its ecological and ornamental value, little information is aviable on its biology. The aim of this work was the identification of the spatial distribution patterns of M. cuspidata in a riparian forest. We have sampled 60 quadrats of 16m2 each. All the young and adult individuals of the quadrats were included. To identify the pattern of spatial distribution, the Morisita Index (MI) and the variance/mean Reason (R) were used. The linear correlation coefficient was used to verify if there is correlation between populations of the juvenils and adults. From 641 individuals sampled, 463 were juvenils and 178 were adults. Juvenils and adult individuals presented gregarious spatial distribution, but the adults (MI = 2,17; R = 4,52) were more gregarious than the juvenils (IM = 1,82; R = 7,82). The high relation between the densities of adults and juvenils had been demonstrated by the value of the linear correlation coefficient found, r = 0,61.

Keywords : spatial pattern; population size; ontogenetic stages; population parameters; Orchidaceae.

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