On the conservative nature of the leaf mass-area relationship.

  title={On the conservative nature of the leaf mass-area relationship.},
  author={M. L. Roderick and Michelle J Cochrane},
  journal={Annals of botany},
  volume={89 5},
In a previous empirical study, Hughes and colleagues showed that for several herbaceous species there is apparently a unique species-specific relationship between the area and mass of leaves. We tested this proposition using measurements from 15 broad-leaved species. We found that to a reasonable approximation, leaf area was proportional to leaf mass within a given species despite relatively large variations in both leaf thickness and the mass fraction of liquid matter. These observations show… CONTINUE READING