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Title: How Tough are Sclerophylls?
Authors: Turner, I.M. 
Choong, M.F. 
Tan, H.T.W. 
Lucas, P.W.
Keywords: Leaf fracture toughness, sclerophylly, Mediterranean vegetation, tropical forest
Issue Date: Apr-1993
Citation: Turner, I.M., Choong, M.F., Tan, H.T.W., Lucas, P.W. (1993-04). How Tough are Sclerophylls?. Annals of Botany 71 (4) : 343-345. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Fracture toughness was estimated for a 'least tough' path in the leaves of woody species from three sclerophyllous plant communities. Most of the species from Mediterranean, tropical heath forest and lowland tropical rain forest habitats had very tough leaves, with toughness generally 600-1300 J m-2, which is two to four times higher than soft-leaved tropical pioneer trees. The toughest leaf (2032 J m-2), Parishia insignis, came from the canopy of the lowland rain forest. Leaves from the shaded understorey of the rain forest did not appear any less tough than those from the canopy.
Source Title: Annals of Botany
ISSN: 03057364
DOI: 10.1006/anbo.1993.1043
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