Does Plant Size Influence Leaf Elements in an Arborescent Cycad?
AbstractPlant size influences the leaf nutrient relations of many species, but no cycad species has been studied in this regard. We used the arborescent Cycas micronesica K.D. Hill to quantify leaf nutrient concentrations of trees with stems up to 5.5-m in height to determine if height influenced leaf nutrients. Green leaves were sampled in a karst, alkaline habitat in Rota and a schist, acid habitat in Yap. Additionally, senesced leaves were collected from the trees in Yap. Minerals and metals were quantified in the leaf samples and regressed onto stem height. Green leaf nitrogen, calcium, manganese, and iron decreased linearly with increased stem height. Senesced leaf carbon, iron, and copper decreased and senesced leaf nitrogen increased with stem height. Nitrogen resorption efficiency decreased with stem height. Phosphorus and potassium resorption efficiencies were not influenced by plant size, but were greater than expected based on available published information. The results indicate leaf nutrient concentrations of this cycad species are directly influenced by plant size, and illuminate the need for adding more cycad species to this research agenda. Plant size should be measured and reported in all cycad reports that include measurements of leaf behavior. View Full-Text
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Marler, T.E.; Krishnapillai, M.V. Does Plant Size Influence Leaf Elements in an Arborescent Cycad? Biology 2018, 7, 51.
Marler TE, Krishnapillai MV. Does Plant Size Influence Leaf Elements in an Arborescent Cycad? Biology. 2018; 7(4):51.Chicago/Turabian Style
Marler, Thomas E.; Krishnapillai, Murukesan V. 2018. "Does Plant Size Influence Leaf Elements in an Arborescent Cycad?" Biology 7, no. 4: 51.
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