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Table 4 Quantitative leaf anatomical traits of grass species

From: Comparison of ecophysiological and leaf anatomical traits of native and invasive plant species

Speciesz Leaf anatomical traitsy
Leaf thickness (μm) Bulliform cell area (μm2) Bundle sheath area (μm2)x Vascular bundle area (μm2) Sclerenchymatous tissue thickness (μm) Chlorophyll content (μm)
P = 0.005 P = 0.145 P = 0.009 P = 0.018 P = 0.001 P = 0.016
Ischaemum muticum (N) 139.35 ± 18.81b 7469 ± 584.2a 2585 ± 540c 929.5 ± 291c 25.3 ± 5.205ab 14.13 ± 1.27b
Imperata cylindrica (IAS) 163.66 ± 16.225b 13,117.5 ± 4017.9a 7710 ± 3727b 8068 ± 2432.5a 44.335 ± 5.35a 12.6 ± 1.5b
Thuarea involuta (N) 234.63 ± 15.85a 9691 ± 3234.35 a 16,454.5 ± 5024.5a 5379.5 ± 2810.6b 18.935 ± 1.9b 26.1 ± 7.2a
  1. zN Native species, IAS Invasive alien species
  2. yData represent mean ± standard deviation (SD; n = 15). Lowercase letters in each row indicate significant differences (ANOVA and Tukey’s test; P < 0.05)
  3. xQuantitative leaf anatomical traits