Leaf demography was studied in 9 trees (6 Evergreen (ES), 1 Semideciduous (SD) and 2 Deciduous (DS)) and 10 shrubs (7 Evergreen (ES) and 3 Deciduous (DS)) occurring between 350 to 2500 m elevation in the Kumaun Himalaya, India. Although each species had its own pattern about seasonality of leaf recruitment, it was possible to group the species based on leaf expansion behavior. The result shows the leaf expansion rate was greater for deciduous species compared to Evergreen species. The percent leaf area after four weeks of expansion was also greater for deciduous species.
Citation: Sanjay Kumar, Lalit M. Tewari, Ashish Tewari (2013) Leaf Demography of Some Evergreen and Deciduous Tree and Shrub Species of Kumaun Himalaya, India. J Ecosys Ecograph 3:127. doi: 10.4172/2157-7625.1000127