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Structure-Function Relations of Warm Desert Plants

  • Arthur Charles Gibson

Part of the Adaptations of Desert Organisms book series (DESERT ORGAN.)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
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  5. Arthur Charles Gibson
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 177-215

About this book

Introduction

For centuries biologists have been extremely interested in the structure of desert plants as examples of natural selection to harsh environmental conditions. Indeed, desert plants are frequently used as examples in many biology classes and textbooks to illustrate natural selection, but this has led to an unfortunate litany of errors and misconceptions about desert plant adaptations.
This new synthesis focuses on plants of lowland tropical and subtropical arid deserts. Readers will be surprised to discover that many features commonly ascribed to desert plants are rareley observed in the most common species. Instead, the typical structural adaptations of nonsucculent warm desert plants are now viewed as ways to maximize photosynthetic rate.

Keywords

Anpassung Asteraceae Atacama C4-Photosynthese C4-photosynthesis Desert plants Flora Shrub Tree Xeropythen Xylem desert energy balance metabolism physiology

Authors and affiliations

  • Arthur Charles Gibson
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  1. 1.Department of BiologyUniversity of California, Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-60979-4
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1996
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-64638-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-60979-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1430-9432
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