Leaf attributes in the seasonally dry tropics: A comparison of four habitats in northern Australia

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dc.contributor.author Prior, LD
dc.contributor.author Eamus, D
dc.contributor.author Bowman, DMJS
dc.date.accessioned 2009-12-21T02:30:01Z
dc.date.issued 2003-08
dc.identifier.citation Functional Ecology, 2003, 17 (4), pp. 504 - 515
dc.identifier.issn 0269-8463
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/3734
dc.description.abstract 1. Patterns of leaf attributes were compared at regional and global scales in relation to the seasonal availability of water. 2. Light-saturated assimilation rate (Amass), leaf mass per area (LMA), leaf density, thickness, life span, saturated water content, chlorophyll, nitrogen and phosphorus content were determined during the wet season for 21 tree species in four contrasting habitats in northern Australia. Rainfall in this area is extremely seasonal. 3. Amass and foliar chlorophyll, N and P contents were positively correlated with each other, and were all negatively correlated with LMA, leaf thickness, density and life span. 4. Deciduous species had smaller LMA and leaf life span, and larger foliar N and P contents than did evergreen species. 5. The eight Myrtaceous species had smaller A mass, foliar chlorophyll, N and P contents, and larger LMA, leaf thickness and leaf life span than did the non-Myrtaceous species. 6. Leaves from the closed canopy dry monsoon forest had significantly larger A mass, chlorophyll and P contents than did leaves from the three open canopy habitats (eucalypt open forest, mixed woodland and Melaleuca swamp). This reflected the relatively low proportions of evergreen and Myrtaceous species in the dry monsoon forest. There were also significant intraspecific differences among habitats. 7. Leaf thickness, density and LMA were lower than predicted from globally derived relationships with temperature and precipitation. Tropical seasonally dry biomes are under-represented in such global analyses.
dc.language eng
dc.relation.isbasedon 10.1046/j.1365-2435.2003.00761.x
dc.title Leaf attributes in the seasonally dry tropics: A comparison of four habitats in northern Australia
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Functional Ecology
dc.journal.volume 4
dc.journal.volume 17
dc.journal.number 4 en_US
dc.publocation Oxford, England en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 504 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 515 en_US
dc.cauo.name DVCRch.Institute for Water & Environmental Resource Mgmnt en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 0602 Ecology
dc.personcode 000006
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Ecology en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.description.keywords Ecophysiology
dc.description.keywords Eucalyptus
dc.description.keywords Phenology
dc.description.keywords Phylogeny
dc.description.keywords Savanna
dc.description.keywords Specific leaf area
pubs.embargo.period Not known
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Science
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Science/School of the Environment
utslib.copyright.status Closed Access
utslib.copyright.date 2015-04-15 12:17:09.805752+10
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