Lianas explore the forest canopy more effectively than trees under drier conditions

José A. Medina-Vega, Frans Bongers & Frank J. Sterck
Lianas rely on trees for support and access to high light positions in the forest canopy, but the implications for how lianas explore the canopy compared to trees remain understudied. We present an in situ forest canopy study to test the hypotheses that: (1) lianas favour leaf display over stem investment compared to trees and (2) lianas have greater potential to colonize non-shaded, high-light areas effectively than trees. We compared branches of 16 liana species...
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