Syagrus coronata (Arecaceae) phenology and the impact of fire on survival and reproduction of the licuri palm

Larry Noblick, Sabine Wintergerst, Daniela Noblick, Joanna Tucker Lima


Three years of reproductive phenological data (1983–1986) were analyzed for 331 licuri palms (Syagrus coronata) in a natural population in Feira de Santana, Bahia, Brazil. Using a one-year subset of the data, we also compared the phenologies of 83 individuals burned by wildfires and 248 unburned individuals to examine the impact of fire on S. coronata. Burned specimens showed slightly delayed fruiting compared to non-burned specimens, but a randomization test showed no significant difference between the two groups, suggesting that licuri palms are capable of surviving wildfires with almost no interruption to their phenological cycles.

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