Distribution ofthe hemiepiphytic non-strangler tree Oreopanax capitatus was investigated in relation to forest edge in a lower montane forest ofcentral Veracruz, Mexico. Seedlings ofO. capitatus were present at both the edge and the interior ofthe forest; saplings and adults were found exclusively at the edge. Mean height above ground at which O. capitatus individuals were established on their host was 7.6 m. O. capitatus was present only on trees::;': 30 cm dbh. The most common host species was Liquidambar macrophylla, although individuals were also observed on Quercus germana, Clethra mexicana, Trema micrantha, and Meliosma alba. Host preferences could not be determined from available data. The occurrence ofsaplings and adults ofO. capitatus at the forest edge, along rivers and roads, and on abandoned buildings, indicates that O. capitatus requires more exposed sites to become a reproductive individual. Forest fragmentation and increasing edge extent may affect O. capitatus population structure and size-class distribution.
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