© 1996

Structure-Function Relations of Warm Desert Plants


Part of the Adaptations of Desert Organisms book series (DESERT ORGAN.)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Arthur Charles Gibson
    Pages 1-22
  3. Arthur Charles Gibson
    Pages 23-43
  4. Arthur Charles Gibson
    Pages 45-89
  5. Arthur Charles Gibson
    Pages 91-116
  6. Arthur Charles Gibson
    Pages 117-142
  7. Arthur Charles Gibson
    Pages 143-168
  8. Arthur Charles Gibson
    Pages 169-175
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 177-215

About this book


For centuries biologists have been extremely interested in the structure of desert plants as examples of natural selection to harsh environmental conditions. Indeed, desert plants are frequently used as examples in many biology classes and textbooks to illustrate natural selection, but this has led to an unfortunate litany of errors and misconceptions about desert plant adaptations.
This new synthesis focuses on plants of lowland tropical and subtropical arid deserts. Readers will be surprised to discover that many features commonly ascribed to desert plants are rareley observed in the most common species. Instead, the typical structural adaptations of nonsucculent warm desert plants are now viewed as ways to maximize photosynthetic rate.


Anpassung Asteraceae Atacama C4-Photosynthese C4-photosynthesis Desert plants Flora Shrub Tree Xeropythen Xylem desert energy balance metabolism physiology

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of BiologyUniversity of California, Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Structure-Function Relations of Warm Desert Plants
  • Authors Arthur C. Gibson
  • Series Title Adaptations of Desert Organisms
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1996
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-59267-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-64638-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-60979-4
  • Series ISSN 1430-9432
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 216
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Plant Physiology
    Plant Sciences
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"This book can be recommended to all researchers working on desert plants." Trends in Plant Sciences