Effects of phyllotaxy on biomechanical properties of stems of Cercis occidentalis (Fabaceae).

@article{Caringella2014EffectsOP,
  title={Effects of phyllotaxy on biomechanical properties of stems of Cercis occidentalis (Fabaceae).},
  author={Marissa A Caringella and Brett A Bergman and Ryan C Stanfield and Madeleine M Ewers and Edward G. Bobich and Frank W. Ewers},
  journal={American journal of botany},
  year={2014},
  volume={101 1},
  pages={206-10}
}
PREMISE OF THE STUDY Phyllotaxy, the arrangement of leaves on a stem, may impact the mechanical properties of woody stems several years after the leaves have been shed. We explored mechanical properties of a plant with alternate distichous phyllotaxy, with a row of leaves produced on each side of the stem, to determine whether the nodes behave as spring-like joints. METHODS Flexural stiffness of 1 cm diameter woody stems was measured in four directions with an Instron mechanical testing… CONTINUE READING
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