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The adaptive importance of shoot and crown architecture in conifer trees

American Naturalist 143(3): 528-532

The adaptive importance of shoot and crown architecture in conifer trees

It is argued that the primary adaptive significance of the characteristic leaf, shoot and crown structure of conifers is not because verticle leaf orientation of needle-like leaves results in greater light penetration to lower branches or less limitation to photosynthesis at lower incident light, as proposed by Sprugel (see American Naturalist (1989) 133, 465-479).

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Accession: 002709654

DOI: 10.2307/2462745

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