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Herbaceous climbers in herbaceous systems are shade‐tolerant and magnesium‐demanding. 

Journal of Vegetation Science

Bitomský, M., Mládková, P., Cimalová, Š., & Mládek, J. 

2019

Journal of Vegetation Science

30(5)

799-808

Climbers do not invest in self‐supporting architecture, allowing them to grow quickly and search for light and nutrients in canopy gaps. The climbing strategy requires both disturbance and external support; however, in herbaceous systems, disturbances often homogeneously remove external support. As a result, there should be a negative relationship between light availability and the presence of external support. Here, we asked if the distribution of herbaceous climbers is positively or negatively associated with disturbance, light availability and plant‐available nutrients. Further, we tested if climbers differ in traits compared to co‐occurring herbs.

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