Leaf and stem trait variation and plant functional types in 113 woody species of a seasonally dry tropical forest

Grupos funcionales y variación en rasgos foliares y de tallo de 113 especies leñosas en un bosque seco tropical

  • Carolina Castellanos Castro
  • Adrian C. Newton School of Applied Sciences, Bournemouth University
Palabras clave: resource use strategies, trade-offs, drought, phenology, phylogenetic group, life form (en_US)

Resumen (en_US)

In seasonally dry tropical forest (SDTF) plant trait variation has been associated with adaptation to light and water availability and a coordinated tolerance of plants to shortage of both resources has been proposed. We tested this hypothesis in a set of 113 species by analyzing the relationships amongst eleven leaf and stem traits that have been related to shade and drought tolerance. In addition, the usefulness of different types of functional classifications describing community plant trait variation was evaluated. Strong relationships were observed between leaf and stem traits, potentially conferring coordinated tolerance to shade and drought, and three axes of variation were identified by means of a principal component analysis. The first axis described leaf and stem economy, the second was related to leaf thickness and organization and the third was related to the trade-offs between leaf size, stem density and bark thickness. Stem density was correlated strongly with several plant traits, emphasizing its key role in explaining variation in life history strategies of SDTF species. Significant differences were found between functional groups categorized by phylogeny and leaf phenology, whereas for life forms differences were only observed for palms and bamboos. 

Resumen (es_ES)

En los bosques secos tropicales (BST) la variación en rasgos vegetales se ha relacionado con adaptaciones a cambios en la disponibilidad de luz y agua y se ha propuesto una tolerancia coordinada a la escasez de ambos recursos. En este estudio probamos dicha hipótesis en un conjunto de 113 especies mediante el análisis de la relación entre once rasgos funcionales de hojas y tallos, que se han asociado con la tolerancia a la sombra y la sequía. Adicionalmente, evaluamos la utilidad de diferentes clasificaciones funcionales para describir la variación de los rasgos en la comunidad de plantas estudiada. Se observaron relaciones fuertes entre rasgos de las hojas y el tallo, otorgando potencialmente tolerancia a la sombra y la sequía, además se identificaron tres ejes de variación a través de un análisis de componentes principales. El primer eje se relacionó con la economía de hojas y tallo, el segundo con el grosor y la organización de las hojas y el tercero con compromisos entre el tamaño de hoja, la densidad del tallo y el grosor de la corteza. La densidad del tallo se relacionó fuertemente con varios rasgos, enfatizando su papel clave explicando la variación en las estrategias de historia de vida de las especies de BST. Se observaron diferencias significativas entre grupos funcionales categorizados por filogenia y fenología, mientras que entre formas de vida solo se observaron diferencias para las palmas y guaduas.


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Castellanos Castro, C., & Newton, A. (2015). Grupos funcionales y variación en rasgos foliares y de tallo de 113 especies leñosas en un bosque seco tropical. Colombia Forestal, 18(1), 117-138. https://doi.org/10.14483/udistrital.jour.colomb.for.2015.1.a07
Publicado: 2015-01-01
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