Plant responses to climate in the Cape Floristic Region of South Africa: evidence for adaptive differentiation in the Proteaceae.

@article{Carlson2011PlantRT,
  title={Plant responses to climate in the Cape Floristic Region of South Africa: evidence for adaptive differentiation in the Proteaceae.},
  author={Jane E. Carlson and Kent E. Holsinger and Rachel Prunier},
  journal={Evolution; international journal of organic evolution},
  year={2011},
  volume={65 1},
  pages={108-24}
}
Local adaptation along environmental gradients may drive plant species radiation within the Cape Floristic Region (CFR), yet few studies examine the role of ecologically based divergent selection within CFR clades. In this study, we ask whether populations within the monophyletic white protea clade (Protea section Exsertae, Proteaceae) differ in key functional traits along environmental gradients and whether differences are consistent with local adaptation. Using seven taxa, we measured trait… CONTINUE READING
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