Light-dependent leaf trait variation in 43 tropical dry forest tree species.

  title={Light-dependent leaf trait variation in 43 tropical dry forest tree species.},
  author={Lars Markesteijn and Lourens Poorter and Frans Bongers},
  journal={American journal of botany},
  volume={94 4},
Our understanding of leaf acclimation in relation to irradiance of fully grown or juvenile trees is mainly based on research involving tropical wet forest species. We studied sun-shade plasticity of 24 leaf traits of 43 tree species in a Bolivian dry deciduous forest. Sampling was confined to small trees. For each species, leaves were taken from five of the most and five of the least illuminated crowns. Trees were selected based on the percentage of the hemisphere uncovered by other crowns. We… CONTINUE READING


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