Crassulacean acid metabolism in the strangler Clusia rosea Jacq.

Irwin P. Ting, Elizabeth M. Lord, Leonel Sternberg, Michael J. DeNiro

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Abstract

Observations of malic acid fluctuation, leaf anatomy, and stable carbon isotopic composition showed that the epiphytic strangler Clusia rosea, growing on Saint John, U.S. Virgin Islands, has crassulacean acid metabolism. This hemiepiphyte may be the only woody dicotyledonous tree species among the many thousands of flowering species in the 30 or more plant families that shows this type of metabolism. The finding has implications with respect to water balance during the process whereby Clusia rosea establishes itself as a tree, since crassulacean acid metabolism is a photosynthetic adaptation to water-stressed environments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)969-971
Number of pages3
JournalScience
Volume229
Issue number4717
StatePublished - Dec 1 1985
Externally publishedYes

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Ting, I. P., Lord, E. M., Sternberg, L., & DeNiro, M. J. (1985). Crassulacean acid metabolism in the strangler Clusia rosea Jacq. Science, 229(4717), 969-971.

Crassulacean acid metabolism in the strangler Clusia rosea Jacq. / Ting, Irwin P.; Lord, Elizabeth M.; Sternberg, Leonel; DeNiro, Michael J.

In: Science, Vol. 229, No. 4717, 01.12.1985, p. 969-971.

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Ting, IP, Lord, EM, Sternberg, L & DeNiro, MJ 1985, 'Crassulacean acid metabolism in the strangler Clusia rosea Jacq.', Science, vol. 229, no. 4717, pp. 969-971.
Ting IP, Lord EM, Sternberg L, DeNiro MJ. Crassulacean acid metabolism in the strangler Clusia rosea Jacq. Science. 1985 Dec 1;229(4717):969-971.
Ting, Irwin P. ; Lord, Elizabeth M. ; Sternberg, Leonel ; DeNiro, Michael J. / Crassulacean acid metabolism in the strangler Clusia rosea Jacq. In: Science. 1985 ; Vol. 229, No. 4717. pp. 969-971.
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