Leaf structure and nutrition in mediterranean-climate sclerophylls

Part of the Tasks for vegetation science book series (TAVS, volume 19)


Evergreen, sclerophyllous shrubs and trees are the dominant community elements in all of the five mediterranean-type ecosystems of the world. The remarkable convergence of leaf structure and morphology among unrelated taxa in these regions has led to a major interest in leaf sclerophylly as an adaptation in these ecosystems (Mooney and Dunn 1970). The major focus of this interest in mediterranean-type ecosystems has been on sclerophylly as a drought adaption (see Seddon 1974 for a historical discussion of concepts of sclerophylly and xeromorphy), but there has also been considerable attention given recently to the significance of evergreen leaves as a physiological strategy to increase nutrient-use efficiency, and to sclerophylly as an adaption to reduce herbivory.


Leaf Trait Leaf Structure Specific Leaf Weight Principal Component Analysis Ordination Deciduous Leaf 
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