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Development and Structure

Angeles, Pedro [1], Ewers, Frank [2], Lopez-Portillo, Jorge [3], Cocoletzi, Eliezer [4].

A climbing fig: what is the strategy for success?

The climbing fig (Ficus pumila) can reach considerable heights when it finds the support to ascend. It is a common ornamental in cities; it can easily reach up to 20 m attached to tall buildings' walls employing transformed adventitious roots that form adhesive pads. Compared with trees of the same height, like Platanus mexicana in this case, it is impressive that the fig can accomplish the same work with a stem a few cm thick, compared with stems up to 2 m in diameter for the tree. Is it valid to say that the fig's secondary xylem is more efficient than that of the Platanus? What makes it so? What role do the leaves play in this efficiency? Employing analysis of the functional traits of secondary xylem (vessel diameter and density, maximum vessel length, Huber values, percentage of embolised vessels, percentage of parenchyma and fibers) and leaves (leaf area, stomatal density, stomata size, leaf thickness) we will try to answer these questions.

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1 - Instituto De Ecologia, A.C., Ecologia Funcional, Carretera Antigua A Coatepec No. 351., El Haya, Xalapa, Veracruz, VER, 91070, Mexico
2 - California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Department Of Biology, 3801 West Temple Avenue, Pomona, CA, 91768, United States
3 - Instituto de Ecologia, A.C., Ecologia Funcional, Ant Carr a Coatepec No 351, El Haya, Xalapa, Veracruz, 91073, Mexico
4 - SETSE 43, Rafael Lucio Street, Coatepec Centro, Coatepec, VER, 91500, Mexico

hydraulic efficiency
functional traits
Leaf Architecture.

Presentation Type: Oral Paper
Session: DS3, Development and Structure III
Location: /
Date: Thursday, July 22nd, 2021
Time: 11:45 AM(EDT)
Number: DS3008
Abstract ID:607
Candidate for Awards:None


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