[Mastwatch] Shorea albida

Cam Webb cwebb at oeb.harvard.edu
Wed Apr 2 01:29:53 PDT 2014

[Reposting to list for Christopher Philipson (not a list subscriber)]

Subject: Re: [Mastwatch] Shorea albida
From: Christopher Philipson <christopher.philipson at ...>
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2014 13:02:39 +0200
Hi all,

Yes, it's great to hear so many people interested in these questions!

I think what I know as Dryobalanops beccarii - (See paper below for
published sapling growth rates) - I am also seeing D. beccariana as a

At Danum we have seen evidence for Parashorea flowering every year (as
Colin said also mentioned), and certainly Kapur flowering very

One big question is how the changes in ENSO cycles (whatever they may
be) will alter the dynamics of flowering - particularly for the more
drought sensitive species.  Could they end up being triggered too easily
or regularly - and end up with insufficient stores to set fruit?


Recent publications:
Christopher D. Philipson, Philippe Saner, Toby R. Marthews, Reuben Nilus, Glen Reynolds, Lindsay A. Turnbull, Andy Hector (2012) 
Light-based regeneration niches: evidence from 21 dipterocarp species using size-specific RGRs. Biotropica.doi:10.1111/j.1744-7429.2011.00833.x

Ecology: Plant growth rates and seed size: a re-evaluation

Dr. Christopher Philipson
Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies,
Winterthuerstrasse 190,
CH-8057, Zurich
Tel:  00 41 44 635 61 29
Fax: 00 41 44 635 57 11
christopher.philipson at ieu.uzh.ch

On 31 Mar 2014, at 18:06, Chuck Cannon <chuck.cannon at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi folks,
> this is great!  I hope everyone is enjoying this.
> There was a broad-leaved Dryobalanops species in the Sungai Matan area that was mixed with the local D. beccariana (forgive me if I am wrong about the species name, just lazy to look it up).  the other one was certainly a different tree.
> I wonder what the climate would have been like 20,000 years ago on these soils?  I don't think they would have existed extensively on the shelf, would they?  How quickly soils could develop to any depth is a big question -- depends on many factors, I would think. 
> It probably would have been wet enough for rainforest but certainly cooler and the long-term patterns like the ENSO cycle would have been different.  I've seen simulations say they would have been stronger and some that say they would have been weaker.  Take your pick.  This would have been closer to the predominant climate through the last glacial cycle than current conditions.
> Chuck
> On Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 6:47 AM, Ashton, Peter <pashton at oeb.harvard.edu> wrote:
> Chuck et al.,
> Kapur are well known to flower out of mast seasons, as well as in them.Tim Whitmore (see his 1984 book) attributed the gregarious tendency of all kapur species to 'reproductive pressure', though they have other attributes which give them advantage.
> The absence of Dr. lanceolata on the west side of Gng Palung is due, surely, to the predominance of granite-derived sandy soils there (alluvial bench excepted) . Kapur paji is confined to yellow-red clay loams in my experience. In fact, It is rare to find two kapur species in mixture: Even in Lambir, Dr aromatica, on deep yellow sands, and Dr lanceolata hardly mix there. Every species seems to have a unique edaphic range.
> Peter
> ________________________________________
> From: Chuck Cannon [chuck.cannon at gmail.com]
> Sent: Sunday, March 30, 2014 3:37 PM
> To: Burslem, Dr David F. R. P. (School of Biological Sciences); Ashton, Peter; Ferry Slik; mastwatch at lists.phylodiversity.net
> Subject: Re: [Mastwatch] Shorea albida
> I've always had a feeling that Dryobalanops was gregarious and they
> attempt to fruit more frequently than other Dipts, perhaps locally
> creating the benefits of synchronous fruiting?  The populations north of
> Gunung Palung flowered and fruited (with varying success) completely
> outside of any general fruiting.  Does anyone think that kapur behaves
> differently than other dipts?
> I've always been curious about the fact that kapur is so abundant north
> of the Matan River (which forms the northern border of Gunung Palung NP)
> and on the eastern side of the Palung mountain range, while it is
> virtually absent on the western side, where the research site is
> located.   Chance of history and limited dispersal?
> Chuck
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