Great Basin Naturalist


A mountain cercocarpus (Cercocarpus montanus Raf.) population was analyzed first in 1965 and again in 1975 to gain insight into the growth and reproduction of this species. The basis for comparison was plant height and number of basal stems. Growth (measured by height) was slow during the 10-year period, with plants on the northeast-facing slope having an average increase of 37 cm and those on the southwest-facing slope maintaining relatively the same average height. There was an overall decrease in average number of base stems for plants positioned on both slopes.