The aim of the present study was to model the crown volume in black wattle stands (Acacia mearnsii De Wild.) in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. The study was carried out in plots installed in black wattle stands in area where the plantations of the species are common. Two trees in each plot of average diameter were felled to determination total height, crown length (crown height) and crown width taken twice, each measurement oriented perpendicular to the other across the bole axis and parallel to the base of the crown. To calculate crown volume (cv) widths were taken every meter starting at the base of the tree bole. Stepwise, backward, and forward variable selection methods were used to formulate the volume equations. The combined variable squared diameter and crown height (d²ch) was the most highly correlated with crown volume (r=0.84). This in turn was the variable that was integrated into the selected model, both in the stepwise and forward selection methods. The equation cv = b1 d²ch + εi was the model that provided the best fit for predicting crown volume in black wattle stands, both in age rotation and in young stands.
Key words: Acacia mearnsii; morphometry; stepwise; models.
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