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The adaptive importance of shoot and crown architecture in conifer trees

The adaptive importance of shoot and crown architecture in conifer trees

American Naturalist 143(3): 528-532

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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DOI: 10.2307/2462745

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