Probabilistic Distributions for Acacia Mearnsii De Wild Total Height and the Influence of Environmental Factors

Abstract

This paper discusses the hypothesis of height distribution on a forest stand of Acacia mearnsii De Wild, known as black wattle. It remains constant at varied growing environments and, in addition, they are not influenced by age factor. The Wakeby equation was applied. The research was carried out in a black wattle stand at varied age levels and over two different agroecological regions where plantations are found: Serra do Sudeste and Encosta do Sudeste, Rio Grande do Sul State, Brazil. It was observed that as the age rises there is an increase in the stand total height; while the number of trees decreases for the lower classes, it increases for the upper ones. This resulted in lengthening of the curve tail to the left and mode shift to the right, generating negative asymmetrical curves. Two types of height distribution were found: the sharp increase of probability in a specific class and some similar probabilities in successive classes. The distribution curves between the cultivation areas were statistically different and therefore the height distribution was dependent of environment.

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Sanquetta, C. , Behling, A. , Pelissari, A. , Corte, A. , Netto, S. and Simon, A. (2014) Probabilistic Distributions for Acacia Mearnsii De Wild Total Height and the Influence of Environmental Factors. Journal of Applied Mathematics and Physics, 2, 1-10. doi: 10.4236/jamp.2014.23001.

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