Carbon, oxygen and hydrogen isotope abundances in Stylites reflect its unique physiology

Leonel da S.L. Sternberg, Michael J. Deniro, David McJunkin, Rainer Berger, Jon E. Keeley

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Abstract

Natural abundances of oxygen-18, carbon-14, carbon-13 and deuterium were measured in Stylites andicola, a terrestrial vascular plant lacking stomates, and two terrestrial plant species having stomates that grew nearby. No substantial differences in oxygen-18 and carbon-13 abundances were observed among the three species. The deuterium concentration in Stylites was much higher than in the other species, confirming a previous report of CAM in Stylites. Stylites was depleted in carbon-14 relative to the present day atmosphere, consistent with the proposal that it fixes CO2 derived from decomposing peat.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)598-600
Number of pages3
JournalOecologia
Volume67
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 1985

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  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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Sternberg, L. D. S. L., Deniro, M. J., McJunkin, D., Berger, R., & Keeley, J. E. (1985). Carbon, oxygen and hydrogen isotope abundances in Stylites reflect its unique physiology. Oecologia, 67(4), 598-600. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00790035