Net photosynthesis and water relations were investigated in situ for a population of Lindera melissifolia in northeast Arkansas. Photosynthetic light use efficiency was found to be characteristic of a shade plant. Response of photosynthesis to temperature and CO₂ was insensitive over ranges found during the growing season. High water use efficiency was demonstrated, but under typical conditions of low light this was marginally beneficial. In comparison -with competing understory plants, the species proved to be photosynthetically competent. The data are evaluated in terms of the survival potential of the species.
Wright, Robert D.
"Photosynthetic Competence of an Endangered Shrub, Lindera melissifolia,"
Journal of the Arkansas Academy of Science: Vol. 44
, Article 31.
Available at: http://scholarworks.uark.edu/jaas/vol44/iss1/31