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Nutritional exploitation of dead trunks: another function of cypress knees (Taxodium distichum)


Kummer, H; Brandt, M; Furter, M; Keller, L F; Meier, M (1991). Nutritional exploitation of dead trunks: another function of cypress knees (Taxodium distichum). Trees - Structure and Function, 5(2):122-123.

Abstract

In one cypress dome in the Everglades National Park, cypress knees seem to develop from vertical root loops that grow along and ramify into dead cypress stumps. Nearly all young root loops emerge close to a decaying stump. The proportion of these associations decreases as the diameter and presumed age of the loops increase. Loop density correlates with the density of dead but not of live trunks. These preliminary findings suggest that the root loops emerge primarily near dead stumps and exploit their nutrients until the stumps rot away and the loops develop into mature knees.

Abstract

In one cypress dome in the Everglades National Park, cypress knees seem to develop from vertical root loops that grow along and ramify into dead cypress stumps. Nearly all young root loops emerge close to a decaying stump. The proportion of these associations decreases as the diameter and presumed age of the loops increase. Loop density correlates with the density of dead but not of live trunks. These preliminary findings suggest that the root loops emerge primarily near dead stumps and exploit their nutrients until the stumps rot away and the loops develop into mature knees.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
590 Animals (Zoology)
Language:English
Date:1991
Deposited On:30 Apr 2012 08:48
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:17
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0931-1890
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00227495

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