Litter fall in a New South Wales conifer forest: A multivariate comparison of plant nutrient element status and return in four species.
Multivariate analyses of the weight and plant nutrient status of aerial litter fall from four species of Coniferae were conducted using canonical variate analyses and a maximum characteristic root simultaneous test procedure. The annual contribution of ash elements to the forest floor by individual species followed the ascending order: Pinus ponderosa, P. lambertiana, P. nigra var. maritima, Pseudotsuga menziesii. Some comparisons are made with results obtained by other authors and general aspects of litter fall sampling are discussed.[116.04:498.9].