Tropical Understory Piper Shrubs Maintain High Levels of Genotypic Diversity Despite Frequent Asexual Recruitment

Many plant species have the capacity to regenerate asexually by resprouting from stem and leaf fragments. In the pan‐tropical shrub genus Piper, this tendency is thought to be higher in shade‐tolerant than light‐demanding species, and to represent a trade‐off with annual seed production. Here we use molecular markers to identify clones in five Piper species… CONTINUE READING