Photosynthetic capacity and leaf longevity in the canopy of a dry tropical forest.

Author(s): 
Mulkey, S., K. Kitajima and S.J. Wright.
Year: 
1995
Journal: 
Selbyana
Volume: 
16
Issue: 
2
Page Range: 
169–173
Keywords: 
photosynthesis, canopy, dry tropical forest, assimilation capacity
Abstract: 
Assimilation capacity and leaf longevity were documented for a stand of trees in a neotropical dry forest near Panama City, Panama. A construction crane was used to select leaves from exposed locations of the upper canopy of the seven most abundant species in this stand. A general negative relationship exists betwen mean A(max) and mean leaf longevity among the seven species, but this is statistically significant only for leaves produced in the late dry season.