Leaf, stem, and metamer characteristics of vines in a tropical deciduous forest in Jalisco, Mexico

A. E. Castellanos, H. A. Mooney, S. H. Bullock, C. Jones, R. Robichaux

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Abstract

Leaf weight and specific leaf weight were significantly lower in vines than in tree species at the same site. For both vines and trees at Chamela, specific leaf weight values are among the lowest values reported in the literature. Leaf N concentration was higher in trees than in woody vines. A relationship was found between leaf structural characteristics and nutrient concentration for all growth forms that was reflected in part in the specific leaf weight. Relative leaf weight ratio (the ratio of leaf to stem internode weight) and internode length were related to the specific vine growth forms; other morphological features were not. Large compensatory changes in stem density and volume, as well as in leaf weight, resulted in similar metamer weights among vine species of different growth habits. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-49
Number of pages9
JournalBiotropica
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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