Baobab trees (Adansonia) in Madagascar use stored water to flush new leaves but not to support stomatal opening before the rainy season.

@article{Chapotin2006BaobabT,
  title={Baobab trees (Adansonia) in Madagascar use stored water to flush new leaves but not to support stomatal opening before the rainy season.},
  author={Saharah Moon Chapotin and Juvet H Razanameharizaka and Noel Michele Holbrook},
  journal={The New phytologist},
  year={2006},
  volume={169 3},
  pages={549-59}
}
Baobab trees (Adansonia, Bombacaceae) are widely thought to store water in their stems for use when water availability is low. We tested this hypothesis by assessing the role of stored water during the dry season in three baobab species in Madagascar. In the dry season, leaves are present only during and after leaf flush. We quantified the relative contributions of stem and soil water during this period through measures of stem water content, sap flow and stomatal conductance. Rates of sap flow… CONTINUE READING
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