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Leaf functional traits of plants of alpine pastures at the Eastern Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau

Author:
Elumeeva, T. G., Onipchenko, V. G., Wu, Yan
Source:
Moscow University biological sciences bulletin 2015 v.70 no.1 pp. 46-52
ISSN:
0096-3925
Subject:
Cyperaceae, alpine plants, forbs, leaf area, leaves, pastures, plant communities, shrubs, turf grasses, China
Abstract:
Original data on leaf functional traits (leaf area and specific leaf area, SLA) in 80 vascular plant species in alpine plant communities of the Eastern Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau (Sichuan, China) are represented. Mean SLA was 192 ± 6 cm²/g, and mean leaf area was 2.38 ± 0.23 cm². The highest mean SLA was observed in loose turf grasses and the lowest SLA was in the group of sedges and rushes; shrubs also had quite a low SLA. Among forbs, erosulate plants had higher SLA than rosette forming species. Our results mostly confirm leaf trait patterns for other regions.
Agid:
1239882