Demographic Traits

The demographic traits are all those events that characterize the life cycle of plants and that altogether

Figure 5 Schematic life-cycle graph of a hypothetic perennial plant. Ellipses correspond to stages and arrows to processes among stages. The life-cycle graph summarizes all demographic traits that altogether determine the dynamics of plant populations.

determine the dynamics of a population, that is, the balance between the recruitment of new individuals (i.e., births and immigrations) and the loss of individuals (i.e., deaths and emigrations) (Figure 5). The main demographic parameters can be summarized in the following subsections.

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