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, 7:171

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Growth strategy of an emergent macrophyte, Typha orientalis Presl, in comparison with Typha latifolia L. and Typha angustifolia L.

  • Tomomi Matsui InoueAffiliated withNational Institute for Environmental Studies Email author 
  • , Takayoshi TsuchiyaAffiliated withDepartment of Biology, Graduate School of Science and Technology, Chiba University

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The growth strategy of an emergent plant, Typha orientalis Presl, was examined in experimental ponds in comparison with two other Typha species distributed in Japan, Typha latifolia L. and Typha angustifolia L. T. orientalis showed the greatest ability of vegetative reproduction at the expense of growth in height. T. orientalis started to produce new ramets earlier than T. latifolia and T. angustifolia. These results suggest that T. orientalis should be a rather pioneer-like species and would be restricted to disturbed habitats.

Key words

Growth strategy Typha angustifolia L Typha latifolia L Typha orientalis Presl