Thorn, spine and prickle patterns in the Italian flora

  title={Thorn, spine and prickle patterns in the Italian flora},
  author={S. Bagella and R. Filigheddu and R. Benesperi and P. Giordani and L. Minuto and D. Viciani and M. Caria and S. Pisanu and G. Casazza},
  journal={Plant Biosystems - An International Journal Dealing with all Aspects of Plant Biology},
  pages={118 - 133}
Abstract Spinescence refers to the presence of sharp appendages of various origins with ecological, evolutionary or biogeographic significance. This research was conducted to explore patterns and adaptive processes of thorns, spines and prickles in the Italian flora. We compiled an inventory of 401 spiny plants taking into account the following attributes: type of spinescence, family, biological form, chorotype, bioclimate and habitat. Then, we evaluated the incidence of plants with each… Expand
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