Irradiance and spectral quality affect Asian tropical rain forest tree seedling development
Date of this Version
Iridescent blue leaf coloration in four Malaysian rain forest understory plants, Diplazium tomentosum Bl. (Athyriaceae), Lindsaea lucida Bi. (Lindsaeaceae), Begonia pavonina Ridl. (Begoniaceae), and Phyllagathis rotundifolia Bl. (Melastoma- taceae) is caused by a physical effect, constructive interference of reflected blue light. The ultrastructural basis for this in D. tomentosum and L. lucida is multiple layers of cellulose microfibrils in the uppermost cell walls of the adaxial epidermis. The helicoidal arrangement of these fibrils is analogous to that which produces a similar color in arthropods. In B. pavonina and P. rotundifolia the blue-green coloration is caused by parallel lamellae in specialized plastids adjacent to the abaxial wall of the adaxial epidermis. The selective advantage of this color production, if any, is unknown.
Irradiance and Spectral Quality Affect Asian Tropical Rain Forest Tree Seedling Development David W. Lee, Krishnapillay Baskaran, Marzalina Mansor, Haris Mohamad, Son Kheong Yap Ecology Vol. 77, No. 2 (Mar., 1996), pp. 568-580 Published by: Ecological Society of America Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2265631
This document is currently not available here.
In Copyright. URI: http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/
This Item is protected by copyright and/or related rights. You are free to use this Item in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use. For other uses you need to obtain permission from the rights-holder(s).