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Table 5 Quantitative leaf anatomical traits of shrubs species

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

Speciesz Anatomical traitsy
Vascular bundle area (μm2) Palisade thickness (μm) Spongy mesophyll thickness (μm) Total chlorophyll content (mg/g)
P = 0.011 P = 0.22 P = 0.031 P = 0.046
Lantana camara (IAS) 9594 ± 3595 b 56.66 ± 7.4 a 57.61 ± 16 b 12.93 ± 4.6 b
Chromolaena odorata (IAS) 44,056.72 ± 20,210 a 63.91 ± 20.5 a 92.50 ± 16.4 ab 20.8 ± 4.15 a
Phempis acidula (N) 8570 ± 8185 b 98.77 ± 49.8 a 77.02 ± 9.4 ab 22.6 ± 9.54 a
Caeseria flavovirens (N) 38,163 ± 12,232 a 87.21 ± 12.2 a 115.54 ± 23.2 a 18.2 ± 5.6 ab
Wollastonia biflora (N) 19,725 ± 8593 ab 89.54 ± 23 a 98.6 ± 18.7 ab 7.67 ± 0.15 c
  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)