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Behavioral and Morphological Adaptations of a Tropical Plant to High Rainfall

John M. Dean and Alan P. Smith
Biotropica
Vol. 10, No. 2 (Jun., 1978), pp. 152-154
DOI: 10.2307/2388018
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2388018
Page Count: 3
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Abstract

Machaerium arboreum (Leguminosae), a liana of Panamanian lowland forests, sheds water from upper leaflet surfaces through thigmonastic and nyctinastic leaf movements. Experiments show that leaflets with acuminate tips have an improved water-shedding ability.

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