Phenology of oenocarpus mapora h. Karst in low-terrace and high-terrace forests of the madre de dios region, Peru

Ivan Best, Helmut Rengifo, Ernesto Velarde, Juan Francisco Loja, Alan Portugal, Piero Rengifo, Luis Aguilar, Fernando Ramos-Escudero, Ana María Muñoz

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Abstract

Oenacarpus mapora H. Karst (O. mapora) is an Amazon palm with high economic and nutraceutical potential, from which the pulp and oil can be extracted. The objective of this study was to evaluate the phenology of O. mapora in low-terrace and high-terrace forests of the Madre de Dios Region, Peru. Two hundred sixteen individuals of O. mapora were monitored between June 2019 and January 2020, evaluating the presence of flower buds, open flowers, immature fruits and ripe fruits. Weighted mean analyses of the phenological pattern and correlation between climatic and phenological variables were carried out. Higher productivity mediated by a greater number of mature green leaves and bunches was observed in terrace forests located at a lower altitude. In both forest subtypes, flower buds and open flowers were continuous with a peak in July and August, respectively, during the dry season. In both habitats, unripe fruits were also continuous with a peak in September, while ripe fruits showed a peak in December and January in low-terrace and high-terrace forests, respectively, during the rainy season. Our findings show that flowering was continuous during the evaluated period, while fruiting increased during the rainy season associated with a greater number of days with precipitation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1424
JournalForests
Volume12
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2021

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Funding Information:
Funding: This research was funded by National Fund for Scientific, Technological Development and Technological Innovation (FONDECYT) of the National Council of Science, Technology and Technological Innovation (CONCYTEC) of Peru, Contract 108-2018-FONDECYT-BM-IADT-MU.

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© 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.

Keywords

  • Amazon
  • Arecaceae
  • Flowering
  • Forests
  • Fruiting
  • Peru

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