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Plant Trait Dataset for Tree-Like Growth Forms Species of the Subtropical Atlantic Rain Forest in Brazil

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Programa de Pós-Graduação em Engenharia Florestal, Universidade de Blumenau–FURB, Blumenau 89030-000, Santa Catarina, Brazil
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Departamento de Ciências Naturais, Universidade de Blumenau–FURB, Blumenau 89030-903, Santa Catarina, Brazil
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Departamento de Engenharia Florestal, Universidade de Blumenau–FURB, Blumenau 89030-000, Santa Catarina, Brazil
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Received: 18 April 2018 / Revised: 4 May 2018 / Accepted: 6 May 2018 / Published: 8 May 2018
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Abstract

Plant functional traits have been incorporated in studies of vegetation ecology to better understand the mechanisms of ecological processes. For this reason, a global effort has been made to collect functional traits data for as many species as possible. In light of this, we identified the most common species of an area of 15,335 km2 inserted in the subtropical Atlantic Rain Forest in Southern Brazil. Then, we compiled functional trait information mostly from field samples, but also from herbarium and literature. The dataset presents traits of leaf, branch, maximum potential height, seed mass, and dispersion syndrome of 117 species, including trees, tree ferns, and palms. We also share images of anatomical features of branches used to measure wood traits. Data tables present mean trait values at individual and species level. Images of wood and stomatal features may be useful to assess other anatomical traits that were not covered in the data tables for the anatomical determination of species and/or for educational purposes. View Full-Text
Keywords: ecology; functional trait; leaf traits; wood traits; hydraulic conductance; seed mass; stomata traits; wood anatomical images; stomata images ecology; functional trait; leaf traits; wood traits; hydraulic conductance; seed mass; stomata traits; wood anatomical images; stomata images
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Rodrigues, A.V.; Bones, F.L.V.; Schneiders, A.; Oliveira, L.Z.; Vibrans, A.C.; Gasper, A.L. Plant Trait Dataset for Tree-Like Growth Forms Species of the Subtropical Atlantic Rain Forest in Brazil. Data 2018, 3, 16.

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