Sexual dimorphism in the genus Leucadendron : Morphology and plant hydraulics

 

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dc.contributor.advisor West, Adam G en_ZA
dc.contributor.author van Blerk, Justin en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2015-09-15T10:32:50Z
dc.date.available 2015-09-15T10:32:50Z
dc.date.issued 2013 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation van Blerk, J. 2013. Sexual dimorphism in the genus Leucadendron : Morphology and plant hydraulics. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/14014
dc.description.abstract The genus, Leucadendron, of the Cape Proteaceae family, is made up of over 70 dioecious species that vary in their degree of sexual dimorphism. Males are generally more highly ramified (branched) with smaller leaves compared to corresponding females. It has been hypothesised that sexual dimorphism in Leucadendrons is linked to serotiny (a fire-adapted reproductive strategy), where highly serotinous females may incur extra resource costs in order to keep their transpiring cones alive between fires. This hypothesis predicts that the female morphology might be associated with more efficient resource acquisition compared to males in order to support their greater resource requirements. Another hypothesis suggests that selection for greater floral display in males has lead to a higher degree of ramification as male cones are borne terminally on branches. This highly branched morphology may be associated with subsequent physiological costs. The idea that different male and female morphologies might be associated with different physiological costs or benefits was tested in this experiment with a focus on plant hydraulics. Hydraulic supply is known to affect photosynthetic capacity and maximum assimilation rate. Using a specially designed vacuum chamber, leaf-specific and xylem-specific hydraulic conductance was measured in males and females of the highly dimorphic Leucadendron rubrum and non/marginally dimorphic Leucadendron daphnoides. Using microscopic imagery, xylem anatomy was analysed in an attempt to explain the hydraulic conductance results. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Biological Sciences en_ZA
dc.title Sexual dimorphism in the genus Leucadendron : Morphology and plant hydraulics en_ZA
dc.type Thesis / Dissertation en_ZA
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Science en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Biological Sciences en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Honours en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationname BSc (Hons) en_ZA
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