European Leaf Physiognomic Approach ELPA, supplement to: Traiser, Christopher (2004): Blattphysiognomie als Indikator für Umweltparameter: Eine Analyse rezenter und fossiler Floren (Leaf physiognomy as environmental indicator : An analysis of extant and fossil floras). PhD Thesis, Geowissenschaftlichen Fakultät der Eberhard-Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany, 113 pp

Christopher Traiser & Volker Mosbrugger
Physiognomic traits of plant leaves such as size, shape or margin are decisively affected by the prevailing environmental conditions of the plant habitat. On the other hand, if a relationship between environment and leaf physiognomy can be shown to exist, vegetation represents a proxy for environmental conditions. This study investigates the relationship between physiognomic traits of leaves from European hardwood vegetation and environmental parameters in order to create a calibration dataset based on high resolution...
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