Journal: Annals of the Missouri Botanical Gardens

Angiosperms helped put the rain in the rainforests: the impact of plant physiological evolution on tropical biodiversity

Boyce, C. K., J.-E. Lee, T. S. Feild, T. J. Brodribb, M. A. Zwieniecki. 2010. Angiosperms helped put the rain in the rainforests: The impact of plant physiological evolution on tropical biodiversity. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Gardens 97: 527-540

The recycling of transpired water is well known to be an important source of rainfall, particularly in the tropics, and angiosperms have transpiration capacities higher than any other plants throughout evolutionary history. Thus, the evolution and rise to…

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