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1 December 2002 Damage and Recovery of Cycas micronesica after Typhoon Paka
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Typhoon Paka passed over Guam on 16 December 1997, and caused extensive damage to the Cycas micronesica population. Defoliation reduced subsequent stem extension and leaf size, and increased synchrony of flushes. Decapitated plants developed numerous adventitious buds on damaged stems during recovery. Toppled plants were selectively browsed by feral deer and pigs. Epiphytes increased susceptibility to decapitation or toppling. Growth reduction was minimal and ephemeral, indicating that this species is highly resilient to tropical cyclone damage.

Heidi Hirsh and Thomas Marler "Damage and Recovery of Cycas micronesica after Typhoon Paka," BIOTROPICA 34(4), 598-602, (1 December 2002). https://doi.org/10.1646/0006-3606(2002)034[0598:DAROCM]2.0.CO;2
Published: 1 December 2002
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