Posted: Wed Mar 24, 2010 6:56 pm
Vines must not be overlooked as a major part of the process that open woodland goes through to become a closed conopy forest. They can quickly bypass the long periods needed for one forest type to be replaced by another. The right vines will race up a tree and fill the canopy as though the tree where a rainforest type. Giving all the benefits of shade to the ground. In my part of the world, SE QLD, cotton seed is such a vine that I have not seen smother a tree to death allthough in can overweigh branches in time and break them.