Data from: Trait patterns of epiphytes compared to other plant life forms along a tropical elevation gradient

David Schellenberger Costa, Gerhard Zotz, Andreas Hemp & Michael Kleyer
Compared to other plant life forms, epiphytes remain understudied. Understanding the responses of epiphytes to changing environmental conditions is necessary to predict changes in ecosystem functioning especially in subtropical and tropical regions. We investigated the functional traits of epiphytes along a large elevation gradient on Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. We measured traits of co-occurring trees and terrestrial non-tree life forms, and compared changes in community-weighted means of traits (CWM) and trait spread, the range of observed...
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