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Behavioral and morphological adaptations of a tropical plant to high rainfall

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Dean J; Smith A

1978

Biotropica

10

152-154

Machaerium arboreum (Leguminosae) a liana a Panamanian lowland forests sheds water from upper leaflet surfaces through thigmonastic and nyctinastic leaf movements. Experiments show that leaflets with acuminate tips have an improved water-shedding ability.

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The Liana Ecology Project is supported by Marquette University and funded in part by the National Science Foundation.