Ecological Aspects of Clonal Growth in Plants

  • Hansjörg Dietz
  • Thomas Steinlein
Part of the Progress in Botany book series (BOTANY, volume 62)


Clonal growth in plants, i.e., vegetative growth resulting in the production of potentially autonomous daughter plants (ramets), has drawn increasing attention during the past two decades (Herben et al. 1994; De Kroon and Van Groenendael 1997). The rising interest in this area of plant ecology can be partly attributed to the great success of the clonal growth strategy, clearly indicated by the high proportion (66.5%) of clonal plants in 2760 surveyed plants of central Europe (Klimeš et al. 1997). Furthermore, the added (horizontal) dimension of clonal growth has important ecological aspects, such as the capacity of local vegetative spread, altered effects of intra- and inter-species competition, efficient exploitation of patchy habitats via physiological integration among connected sub-units of genets and constraints on the development and maintenance of genetic diversity.


Sexual Reproduction Perennial Grass Clonal Growth Clonal Plant Clonal Fragment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hansjörg Dietz
    • 1
  • Thomas Steinlein
    • 2
  1. 1.Geobotanisches InstitutETH ZürichZürichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Lehrstuhl für Experimentelle Ökologie und ÖkosystembiologieUniversität BielefeldBielefeldGermany

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