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Klopatek, J.M. and Stock, W.D. 1994. Partitioning of nutrients in Acanthosicyos horridus, a keystone endemic species in the Namib Desert. Journal of Arid Environments, 26(3): 233–240


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Partitioning of nutrients in Acanthosicyos horridus, a keystone endemic species in the Namib Desert.

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Nara (Acanthosicyos horridus) is a dioecious phreatophyte endemic to the Namib Desert. This plant, because of its sand-binding characteristics, forms micro-ecosystems within the dunes. These micro-ecosystems provide both shelter and food for a variety of detritivores, herbivores, omnivores, and carnivores. Nara, a leafless cucurbit, provides a source of water with many of its plant parts containing > 80% water by weight. The new stem tips, flowers, and seeds provide high sources of both nitrogen and phosphorus. The pulp of the melons, besides providing a high source of water, also offers a significant amount of carbohydrates. Considering the nutrient-poor environment nara occurs in, its stoichiometric relationships of C/N and C/P are unusually low.

Year: 1994

Type: Journal Article

URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0140196384710263


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