Trade-off between height and branch numbers in Stellera chamaejasme on slopes of different aspects in a degraded alpine grassland

  title={Trade-off between height and branch numbers in Stellera chamaejasme on slopes of different aspects in a degraded alpine grassland},
  author={Hou Zhao-jiang and Zhao Cheng-zhang and L. Yu and Z. Qian and and Ma Xiao-Li},
  journal={Chinese Journal of Plant Ecology},
Aims Trade-off is the basis of life history strategy theory. Elucidation of the trade-off between plant height and branch numbers is important for understanding the phenotypic plasticity of plants under different habitat conditions. Our objective was to examine how Stellara chamaejasme would adapt to changes in slope aspect through trade-off between height and branch numbers. Methods In a degraded alpine grassland on the northern slope of the Qilian Mountains, Gansu Province, China, 80 plots… Expand
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