Architecture of coastal and desert Encelia farinosa (Asteraceae): consequences of plastic and heritable variation in leaf characters.

@article{Housman2002ArchitectureOC,
  title={Architecture of coastal and desert Encelia farinosa (Asteraceae): consequences of plastic and heritable variation in leaf characters.},
  author={David Charles Housman and Mary V. Price and Richard A. Redak},
  journal={American journal of botany},
  year={2002},
  volume={89 8},
  pages={
          1303-10
        }
}
The shrub Encelia farinosa (Asteraceae) exhibits geographic variation in aboveground architecture and leaf traits in parallel with environmental variation in temperature and moisture. Measurements of plants occurring across a natural gradient demonstrated that plants in desert populations produce smaller, more pubescent leaves and are more compact and branched than plants in more mesic coastal environments. This phenotypic variation is interpreted in part as adaptive genetic differentiation… CONTINUE READING
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