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Altitudinal variation in leaf mass per unit area, leaf tissue density and foliar nitrogen and phosphorus content along an Amazon-Andes gradient in Peru

van de Weg, Martine J; Meir, Patrick; Grace, J; Atkin, Owen


Background: Leaf traits are important in determining the capacity for a plant to acquire carbon, but few data are available for montane cloud forests in the Andes. Aims: To investigate the changes in leaf traits along a large altitudinal transect (220-3600 m) from lowland to montane cloud forest in Peru. Methods: We determined leaf mass per area (LMA, g m-2), leaf tissue density (Ld, g cm-3), and foliar nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) content, both on a mass (Nm and Pm, %) and area (Na and Pa,...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Plant Ecology and Diversity
DOI: 10.1080/17550870903518045


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