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Variability and grouping of leaf traits in multi-species reforestation (Leyte, Philippines)

Literature: Journal Articles

Sales-Come, R. & Hölscher, D. 2010, "Variability and grouping of leaf traits in multi-species reforestation (Leyte, Philippines)", Forest Ecology and Management, vol. 260, pp. 846-855.

Contact Info

Corresponding Author: Renezita Sales-Come,


  • Tropical Silviculture and Forest Ecology, Burckhardt Institute, University of Göttingen, Busgenweg 1, D-37077 Göttingen, Germany
  • College of Forestry and Natural Resources, Visayas State University, Visca 6521-A, Baybay, Leyte, Philippines


Forest Ecology and Management

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Species Info

  • Hopea malibato
  • Hopea plagata
  • Parashorea malaanonan
  • Shorea contorta
  • Shorea polysperma
  • Lansium domesticum
  • Sandoricum koetjape
  • Swietenia macrophylla (Exotic)
  • Artocarpus blancoi
  • Artocarpus odoratissimus (Exotic)
  • Gmelina arborea (Exotic)
  • Vitex parviflora
  • Durio zibethinus (Exotic)
  • Terminalia microcarpa
  • Calophyllum blancoi
  • Nephelium lappaceum (Exotic)
  • Terminalia microcarpa
  • Calophyllum blancoi
  • Nephelium lappaceum


  • Research on functional diversity is an important part in ongoing efforts to identify appropriate native tree species for reforestation projects. 
  • Increasing understanding of easy to measure physiological characteristics, such as specific leaf area, can help predict a variety of functional characteristics as well as growth perfromance.
  • This study assessed species-specific variation in leaf traits and maximal leaf stomatal conductance in three 11-12 year old mixed native species reforestation sites. The study also assessed the relationship of maximal leaf stomatal conductance to other tree variables, and attempted to group the species by leaf traits.
  • The study found significant variation in maximal leaf stomatal conductance as well as specific leaf area among the different species, and a weak significant relationship was found between maximal leaf stomatal conductance and dbh. Some species could be gathered in suggested groups with similar leaf traits, among them fast-growing semi-deciduous species (exotics and natives) in one group with high specific leaf areas and leaf nitrogen content, and dipterocarps wth low specific leaf area and low leaf nitrogen content in another.
  • The authors suggest that the results can be used to help select native species for reforestation projects, and that mixed native species plantations can partly restore functional variability.



Geographical Region

  • Insular Southeast Asia
  • Ecosystems

  • Tropical Wet Forest
  • Country

  • Philippines
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