elfin forest

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elfin forest

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elfin woodland

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(Botany) the zone of stunted wind-blown trees growing at high altitudes just above the timberline on tropical mountains. Also called: krummholz
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The steep slopes are covered with upper montane rainforest (cloud forest) up to around 2800 m, in higher elevations elfin woodland perseveres in wind-protected vales.
Understory at upper limit of cloud forest and patches of elfin woodland, 2710-3210 m, known from the same three localities in the northern part of Parque Nacional Podocarpus as the other species.
At the highest elevation is an elfin woodland, so named because its shrubs are stunted by poor soil.