Monday, August 14, 2017

Crown Shyness

Crown shyness (also canopy disengagement, canopy shyness, or intercrown spacing) is a phenomenon observed in some tree species, in which the crowns of fully stocked trees do not touch each other, forming a canopy with channel-like gaps. The phenomenon is most prevalent among trees of the same species, but also occurs between trees of different species. There exist many hypotheses as to why crown shyness is an adaptive behavior, and research suggests that it might inhibit spread of leaf-eating insect larvae.
Fascinating planet we live on.

1 comment:

szopen said...

Fascinating. One thing is why it is happening, but it's even more fascinating HOW it is happening. Any idea?