Seed size, seedling morphology, and response to deep shade and damage in neotropical rain forest trees.

@article{Baraloto2007SeedSS,
  title={Seed size, seedling morphology, and response to deep shade and damage in neotropical rain forest trees.},
  author={Christopher Baraloto and Pierre Michel Forget},
  journal={American journal of botany},
  year={2007},
  volume={94 6},
  pages={
          901-11
        }
}
To investigate the existence of coordinated sets of seedling traits adapted to contrasting establishment conditions, we examined evolutionary convergence in seedling traits for 299 French Guianan woody plant species and the stress response in a shadehouse of species representing seed size gradients within five major cotyledon morphology types. The French Guianan woody plant community has larger seeds than other tropical forest communities and the largest proportion of hypogeal cotyledon type… Expand
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