Leaf traits as indicators of resource-use strategy in floras with succulent species

Authors
Vendramini, Fernanda; Díaz, Sandra Myrna; Gurvich, Diego Ezequiel; Wilson, Peter J.; Thompson, Ken; Hodgson, John G.
Publication Year
2002
Language
English
Format
article
Status
Published version
Description
Associations between specific leaf area (SLA), leaf water content (LWC) and leaf thickness (LT) in 77 species were analysed to identify which of these traits gave a better indicator value of general plant resource-use strategy within the flora of central-western Argentina, in which succulent species are common. When all species were considered together, SLA and LWC were not significantly correlated. All high-SLA tender-leafed species showed high LWC. Low SLA, however, was associated both with low LWC (sclerophyllous species) and with high LWC (succulents). When succulents were excluded, the association between SLA and LWC was significant and positive. A similar trend was found for a mixed set of non-succulent species from other floras of the world. In the Argentine data set, SLA and LT, but not LWC, were significantly correlated with species' scores along a multivariate axis of plant resource-use strategy. • Because of its clearer ecological interpretation and its applicability across different floras, SLA appears to be the best candidate for inclusion in large comparative databases.
Fil: Vendramini, Fernanda. Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas. Centro Científico Tecnológico Conicet - Córdoba. Instituto Multidisciplinario de Biología Vegetal. Universidad Nacional de Córdoba. Facultad de Ciencias Exactas Físicas y Naturales. Instituto Multidisciplinario de Biología Vegetal; Argentina
Fil: Díaz, Sandra Myrna. Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas. Centro Científico Tecnológico Conicet - Córdoba. Instituto Multidisciplinario de Biología Vegetal. Universidad Nacional de Córdoba. Facultad de Ciencias Exactas Físicas y Naturales. Instituto Multidisciplinario de Biología Vegetal; Argentina
Fil: Gurvich, Diego Ezequiel. Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas. Centro Científico Tecnológico Conicet - Córdoba. Instituto Multidisciplinario de Biología Vegetal. Universidad Nacional de Córdoba. Facultad de Ciencias Exactas Físicas y Naturales. Instituto Multidisciplinario de Biología Vegetal; Argentina
Fil: Wilson, Peter J.. University of Sheffield; Reino Unido
Fil: Thompson, Ken. University of Sheffield; Reino Unido
Fil: Hodgson, John G.. University of Sheffield; Reino Unido
Subject
COMPARATIVE ECOLOGY
LEAF THICKNESS
LEAF WATER CONTENT
PLANT FUNCTIONAL TYPES
SCLEROPHYLLY
SPECIFIC LEAF AREA
SUCCULENCE
Otras Ciencias Biológicas
Ciencias Biológicas
CIENCIAS NATURALES Y EXACTAS
Access level
Restricted access
License
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/ar/
Repository
CONICET Digital (CONICET)
Institution
Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas
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oai:ri.conicet.gov.ar:11336/38137