, Volume 40, Issue 1, pp 103–112

δ13C values of some succulent plants from Madagascar

  • Klaus Winter

DOI: 10.1007/BF00388814

Cite this article as:
Winter, K. Oecologia (1979) 40: 103. doi:10.1007/BF00388814


δ13C values were determined in 20 succulents from Madagascar. The values were indicative of Crassulacean Acid Metabolism in 10 species of the Didiereaceae, 4 species of the Euphorbiaceae, 2 species of the Crassulaceae and 1 species of the Cucurbitaceae. The Didiereaceae and Euphorbiaceae studied are major components of a high biomass xerophytic flora in the semi-arid southwest and south of Madagascar. Three species of the Euphorbiaceae with succulent stems and non-succulent leaves, which were cultivated outdoors in the Tananarive Botanic Garden, showed C3 like δ13C values for both leaves and stems. δ13C values of leaf and stem material from a similar species, collected in the south of Madagascar, indicated Crassulacean Acid Metabolism.



Crassulacean Acid Metabolism

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Klaus Winter
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Environmental Biology, Research School of Biological SciencesAustralian National UniversityCanberra CityAustralia

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