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Function of Dead Leaves in Espeletia schultzii (Compositae), and Andean Caulescent Rosette Species

Alan P. Smith
Biotropica
Vol. 11, No. 1 (Mar., 1979), pp. 43-47
DOI: 10.2307/2388171
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2388171
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Function of Dead Leaves in Espeletia schultzii (Compositae), and Andean Caulescent Rosette Species
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Abstract

Espeletia schultzii (Compositae) Wedd., a caulescent rosette species common above treeline in the Venezuelan Andes, retains dead leaves on the stem. Plants with bare stems have a higher probability of dying than control plants during the dry season.

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