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Norman W. H. Mason, Nataša Pipenbaher, Sonja Škornik and Mitja Kaligarič Does complementarity in leaf phenology and inclination promote co-existence in a species-rich meadow? Evidence from functional groups Journal of Vegetation Science 24

Article first published online: 1 AUG 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1654-1103.2012.01451.x

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Functional groups provide a rapid assessment of interspecific resource use complementarity. However, it remains unclear whether functional groups can reveal mechanisms of co-existence. We found that species in different leaf inclination and phenology functional groups co-occured more frequently than expected in a species-rich meadow. This suggests light partitioning and seasonal differences in resource use may explain co-existence in species-rich meadows.

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