Ecologic features of wood anatomy of Casearia sylvestris SW (Salicaceae) in three brazilian ecosystems

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Graciene da Silva Mota Luiz Eduardo de Lima Melo Alessandra de Oliveira Ribeiro Anderson Oliveira Selvati Helena Pereira Fabio Akira Mori


Casearia sylvestris SW (Salicaceae) is a highly adaptive perennial species that is found throughout Latin America and widely spread in Brazil. This work analyzed the ecological features of wood anatomy of C. sylvestris occurring in three ecosystem types: Cerrado, Gallery Forest (Northern of Minas Gerais) and Mata Atlântica (Southern of Minas Gerais). Qualitative features were similar among plants in the three ecosystems, differing only in the distribution of pith flecks and neighboring tyloses that were more frequent in Cerrado and Gallery Forest. The quantitative results showed significant differences for several parameters, as well as variation between individuals of vegetation types of Northern and Southern of Minas Gerais. The correlation matrix of variables including quantitative anatomical characteristics, soil characteristics, height and diameter of the plants showed that plants were grouped by ecosystem type. Casearia sylvestris might adopt different survival strategies regarding safety and efficiency of water transport by wood anatomy ecological adaptation. The adaptive anatomical features to drought were mostly an increase of vessel frequency and an increase of ray width and frequency.

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MOTA, Graciene da Silva et al. Ecologic features of wood anatomy of Casearia sylvestris SW (Salicaceae) in three brazilian ecosystems. CERNE, [S.l.], v. 23, n. 4, p. 445-453, jan. 2018. ISSN 2317-6342. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 18 july 2018.
Comparative wood anatomy, guaçatonga, Casearia sylvestris, Mata Atlântica, Cerrado