Contemporary Problems of Ecology

, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 159–167 | Cite as

Morphological Plasticity of Hedysarum austrosibiricum B. Fedtsch (Fabaceae) Shoots under Different Ecological and Geographical Conditions

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Abstract

Morphostructural features of aerial parts of shoots have been studied in endemic Hedysarum austrosibiricum B. Fedtsch growing at the altitude range of 1200–2350 m in the mountain areas of the Altai Republic (AR) and the Republic of Khakassia (RK). A complex of morphological traits adaptive to mountain conditions has been revealed in the studied species. A reliable trend to the reduction of a leaflet size in compound leaves and the number of inflorescences per shoot has been observed. Under mountain conditions, this species demonstrates a tendency to a significant productivity increase manifested via an increase in the caudex diameter and the number of shoots per plant. A low correlation between the values of most morphological traits related to plant growth and development may be considered an adaptive feature of the studied species.

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Hedysarum austrosibiricum variability morphological traits highland conditions leguminous plants 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. V. Zhmud
    • 1
  • O. V. Dorogina
    • 1
  • A. A. Achimova
    • 2
  1. 1.Central Siberian Botanical Garden, Siberian BranchRussian Academy of SciencesNovosibirskRussia
  2. 2.Gorno–Altaisk Botanical Garden, Altai Branch of the Central Siberian Botanical Garden, Siberian BranchRussian Academy of SciencesKamlakRussia

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