Convergence and correlations among leaf size and function in seed plants: a comparative test using independent contrasts.

  title={Convergence and correlations among leaf size and function in seed plants: a comparative test using independent contrasts.},
  author={David D. Ackerly and Peter B. Reich},
  journal={American journal of botany},
  volume={86 9},
Prior studies of a broad array of seed plants have reported strong correlations among leaf life span, specific leaf area, nitrogen concentration, and carbon assimilation rates, which have been interpreted as evidence of coordinated leaf physiological strategies. However, it is not known whether these relationships reflect patterns of evolutionary convergence, or whether they are due to contrasting characteristics of major seed plant lineages. We reevaluated a published data set for these seven… CONTINUE READING
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