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Philippine Dipterocarp Forests

Literature: Journal Articles

Brown, W. H. and D. M. Matthews (1914). Philippine Dipterocarp Forests. Reprinted from the Philippine Journal of Science. Manila, Philippine Islands.


Philippine Journal of Science


Available at the Yale University Library

Species Info



  • This study provides a detailed description of Philippine dipterocarp forests, including details on climatic conditions and composition in the first pages. Page 430 has a table of natural stand regeneration studies of a range of plots (natural and cut over), listing seedling numbers and size class distribution of 5 species in “virgin Negros rainforest” (Table 3); 7-10 species of Bataan are listed on p. 433-437 (Table V-VII), 6 species in Laguna are listed on p. 438-441 (Table VIII-IX), and multiple species of Mt Maquiling are listed on p. 444-450 (Table X-XII).
  • Succession pathways on cleared land are described starting on p. 451.
  • Methods and data on growth of a range of forest species are given starting on p. 466. Table XVI-XXXVIII on p. 471-512 includes growth by diameter class in the different forest tracts.  Seasonal and annual diameter growth are given starting on p. 517.
  • The effect of cutting on dipterocarp forests is described starting on p. 533, including a review of selective logging and diameter limits, which the authors consider unsustainable.
  • Planting is described starting on p. 541. The authors do not think large-scale planting of dipterocarps is feasible or economic in the Philippines, neither in grasslands nor in secondary forests.
  • General considerations of management are given starting on p. 544.

Geographical Region

  • Insular Southeast Asia
  • Ecosystems

  • General
  • Country

  • Philippines
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