Is Laguncularia racemosa more invasive than Sonneratia apetala in northern Fujian, China in terms of leaf energetic cost?

F. L. Li, L. Zhong, S. G. Cheung, Y. S. Wong, P. K.S. Shin, A. P. Lei, H. C. Zhou, X. Song, N. F.Y. Tam

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Abstract

Laguncularia racemosa and Sonneratia apetala are fast-growing exotic mangrove species in Southern China and widely used for afforestation. However, the invasiveness of the two exotic species is still unclear. We compared structural and physiological traits and energy-use related traits between L. racemosa and S. apetala, and with two natives (Kandelia obovata and Aegiceras corniculatum) in northern Fujian. Results showed that leaf construction cost based on mass (CCM) and caloric values of L. racemosa were significantly lower than S. apetala, and the two natives had highest CCM. Because lower CCM, L. racemosa grew faster with a taller height (4.83 m) and wider ground diameter circumference (40.03 cm) than S. apetala (4.43 m tall and 35.63 cm wide) and the two natives (2.42 m tall and 26.78 cm wide). These findings indicated that L. racemosa could be more invasive than S. apetala in mangrove forests in northern Fujian, China where it still grew well, which deserves more attention.

Original languageEnglish
Article number110897
JournalMarine Pollution Bulletin
Volume152
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020

Keywords

  • Construction cost (CC)
  • Invasiveness
  • Laguncularia racemosa
  • Mangroves
  • Sonneratia apetala

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