Seasonal growth and growth rate-colony size relationships in six species of saxicolous lichens

Richard A. Armstrong

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The pattern of seasonal growth and the relation of growth rate to colony size were studied in four foliose and two crustose species of saxicolous lichens. A new method of measuring growth was used whereby the advance of a sample of lobes along millimetres marked on the substrate was measured under a magnification of x10. Three peaks of growth were found(in March, June and November) for the foliose species and a single peak (in May to August) for the crustose species. THe peaks of growth corresponded approximately to peaks of rainfall. Growth rate in relation to increasing colony size fell in a smooth exponential curve when expressed on a cm squared/ cm squared/ unit time basis. The result is consistent with a linear radial rate for most of the thallus sizes for the six species. There is also evidence for an exponential incresae in growth rate initially until about 1.5 cm thallus diameter in two of the sepcies when the linear radial rate is achieved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1023-1030
Number of pages8
JournalNew Phytologist
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2 May 1973



  • seasonal growth
  • growth rate
  • colony size
  • saxicolous lichens

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