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Successional leaf traits of monsoon evergreen broad-leaved forest, Southwest China

Wande Liu (1-2), Jianrong Su (1-2)   

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 10, Issue 2, Pages 391-396 (2017)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor2045-009
Published: Mar 16, 2017 - Copyright © 2017 SISEF

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Understanding the variation of functional traits of plant species along forest successional gradients may provides useful insights into community assemblages. However, species performance during forest succession is controversial. We explored the variation of leaf traits along a forest succession by examining ten leaf traits in four successional stages in a monsoon evergreen broad-leaved forest in Southwest China. Results showed significant differences in all leaf traits except leaf area and leaf carbon content among the successional stages. Five leaf traits were highly correlated to successional stage, while the first principal component showed no correlation with successional stage. The first principal component accounted for 56.1% of the total variation in all ten leaf traits. Almost 50% of the relationships between leaf traits differed along the examined successional gradient, indicating that leaf traits were affected by the successional stage.


Specific Leaf Area, Leaf Chemistry, Maximum Photosynthesis, Successional Stage, Monsoon Evergreen Broadleaved Forest

Authors’ address

Wande Liu
Jianrong Su
Research Institute of Resources Insect, Chinese Academy of Forestry, Kunming 650224 (China)
Wande Liu
Jianrong Su
Puer Forest Ecosystem Research Station, State Forestry Bureau, Kunming 650224 (China)

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Liu W, Su J (2017). Successional leaf traits of monsoon evergreen broad-leaved forest, Southwest China. iForest 10: 391-396. - doi: 10.3832/ifor2045-009

Academic Editor

Chris Eastaugh

Paper history

Received: Mar 08, 2016
Accepted: Nov 18, 2016

First online: Mar 16, 2017
Publication Date: Apr 30, 2017
Publication Time: 3.93 months

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