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On the conservative nature of the leaf mass-area relationship

Roderick, Michael; Cochrane, Michelle


In a previous empirical study, Hughes and colleagues showed that for several herbaceous species there is apparently a unique species-specific relationship between the area and mass of leaves. We tested this proposition using measurements from 15 broad-leaved species. We found that to a reasonable approximation, leaf area was proportional to leaf mass within a given species despite relatively large variations in both leaf thickness and the mass fraction of liquid matter. These observations show...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2002
Type: Journal article
Source: Annals of Botany
DOI: 10.1093/aob/mcf100


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