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Axial Rotation of Erythrina herbacea Leaflets
Author(s): T. J. Herbert
Publication Type: Article
Journal: American Journal of Botany
Article Topic(s): Light,Morphology
Research Setting(s): Forest
Species Referenced: Erythrina herbacea (Coralbean),
AbstractDescribes leaf movement in Erythrina herbacea. At night, leaflets are oriented with tips pointing downwards. Leaflets rise in the morning and by noon reach a maximum elevation of about 60 degrees above the horizontal plane. Leaflets then rotate around the midrib by an average of 40-50 degrees. This adaptation allows the plant maximize light interception in the morning and early afternoon.
Suggested CitationT. J. Herbert. "Axial Rotation of Erythrina herbacea Leaflets." American Journal of Botany 71.1 (1984): 76-79.