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Architecture and Growth of Tropical Trees Exemplified by the Euphorbiaceae

Francis Hallé
Biotropica
Vol. 3, No. 1 (Jun., 1971), pp. 56-62
DOI: 10.2307/2989706
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2989706
Page Count: 7
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Abstract

The study of the architecture and growth of tropical trees is a wide and almost new field of research involving many different branches of botany such as descriptive and experimental morphogenesis, phylogeny, taxonomy, and biogeography. An analysis of meristematic behavior and branching systems in tropical trees has led to the recognition of 21 architectural models. Some of these are exemplified in the present paper by two families, Myristicaceae, which are poor in architectural types, and Euphorbiaceae which are, by contrast, particularly rich.

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