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Leaf Shapes and Venation Patterns

  • A. H. ReisEmail author
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Part of the Understanding Complex Systems book series (UCS)

Abstract

Plant life is fuelled by solar radiation through photosynthesis, by processes in which leaves act as power generators, main factories, and dispensers of organic substances. Leaves store energy in organic compounds (mainly carbohydrates) that are redistributed within the plant system, thus keeping all metabolic and transport processes active and maintaining and developing plant structure. Water availability is essential both for metabolic processes and for keeping the sap flowing throughout the whole plant system.

Keywords

Humid Environment Leaf Shape Leaf Margin Resistivity Ratio Venation Pattern 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Physics and Évora Geophysics CentreUniversity of ÉvoraÉvoraPortugal

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