Reading the leaves: A comparison of leaf rank and automated areole measurement for quantifying aspects of leaf venation1


The veins in vascular plant leaves distribute water and nutrients ( Sack and Holbrook, 2006 ), transport photosynthate ( Giaquinta, 1978 ), and provide structural support and reinforcement of photosynthetic tissue ( Givnish, 1978 ), under the constraints of existing developmental pathways and phylogenetic history. Leaves are among the most commonly… (More)


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