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A Woody Neotropical Genus of Remarkable Plasticity and Diversity

  • Ulrich Lüttge
  • Presents the most recent up-to-date knowledge on Clusia with a wealth of data in tables and figures and comprehensive referencing


Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 194)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Background

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ulrich Lüttge
      Pages 3-9
  3. Phylogeny, Diversity and Ecology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Ulrich Lüttge
      Pages 13-16
    3. Ulrich Lüttge, Heitor M. Duarte
      Pages 17-30
    4. André Tavares Corrêa Dias, Fabio Rubio Scarano
      Pages 55-71
    5. Rodrigo Lemes Martins, Tânia Wendt, Rogério Margis, Fabio Rubio Scarano
      Pages 73-94
    6. Mats H. G. Gustafsson, Klaus Winter, Volker Bittrich
      Pages 95-116
    7. Anja Vaasen, Fabio Rubio Scarano, Rüdiger Hampp
      Pages 117-127
  4. Functions and Physiological Ecology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129
    2. Ulrich Lüttge
      Pages 131-133
    3. Ulrich Lüttge
      Pages 135-186
    4. Ulrich Lüttge
      Pages 187-234
    5. Meike Kreuzer, Anja Vaasen, Fabio Rubio Scarano, Rüdiger Hampp
      Pages 235-242
  5. Clusia’s Clock

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 243-243
    2. Heitor M. Duarte, Ulrich Lüttge
      Pages 245-256
  6. Synthesis

    1. Ulrich Lüttge
      Pages 257-263
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 265-275

About this book


Clusia is the only dicotyledonous tree genus with crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM), and in some cases all variants of CAM can be expressed in one given species. These unique features as well as Clusia's extreme flexibility have put it in the limelight of international research. The studies presented in this volume embrace anatomy, morphology and plant architecture, phytogeographical distribution and community ecology, phylogeny and genetic diversity, physiology and metabolism, physiological ecology and functional diversity, circadian rhythmicity and biological timing. Covering all aspects of tree biology, this richly illustrated volume is an invaluable source of information for any plant scientist.


Clusia Fruit Photosynthese Phylogenese Tree circadiane Rhythmik ecology environment metabolism photosynthesis phylogeny physiological ecology physiology species diversity Ökophysiologie

Editors and affiliations

  • Ulrich Lüttge
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Botany, Department of BiologyTechnical University of DarmstadtDarmstadtGermany

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