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Leaf shape linked to photosynthetic rates and temperature optima in South African Pelargonium species

Nicotra, Adrienne; Cosgrove, Meredith; Cowling, Ann; Schlichting, Carl; Jones, C.S.


The thermal response of gas exchange varies among plant species and with growth conditions. Plants from hot dry climates generally reach maximal photosynthetic rates at higher temperatures than species from temperate climates. Likewise, species in these environments are predicted to have small leaves with more-dissected shapes. We compared eight species of Pelargonium (Geraniaceae) selected as phylogenetically independent contrasts on leaf shape to determine whether: (1) the species showed...[Show more]

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Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Oecologia
DOI: 10.1007/s00442-007-0865-1


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