Relationships between leaf traits and morphological attributes in one-year bareroot Fraxinus angustifolia Vahl. seedlings


  • V. Ivetić University of Belgrade – Faculty of Forestry, Kneza Višeslava 1, 11030 Belgrade, Serbia
  • S. Stjepanović University of Belgrade – Faculty of Forestry, Kneza Višeslava 1, 11030 Belgrade, Serbia
  • J. Devetaković University of Belgrade – Faculty of Forestry, Kneza Višeslava 1, 11030 Belgrade, Serbia
  • D. Stanković University of Belgrade – Faculty of Forestry, Kneza Višeslava 1, 11030 Belgrade, Serbia
  • M. Škorić University of Belgrade – Faculty of Forestry, Kneza Višeslava 1, 11030 Belgrade, Serbia



total leaf area, average leaf area, seedlings quality, Narrowleaved ash


Leaf traits were investigated as morphological attributes for quality estimation of one-year-old bareroot seedlings of Fraxinus angustifolia Vahl. Leaf traits (number of simple – NSL and compound leaves – NCL, leaf average – ALA and total area – TLA and leaf area ratio – LAR) show similar relations to morphological attributes, the strongest to shoot growth (height – HT, root collar diameter – DIA and shoot dry weight – SDW). Increases of seedling morphological attributes are strongly related to increases of ALA. Given to strong positive correlations with other morphological attributes, ALA (R = 0.68-0.88) and TLA (R = 0.46-0.92) are suitable for seedlings quality testing. TLA explained a larger proportion of the variation of SDW (R2 = 0.85) and ALA explained a large proportion of the variation of DIA (R2 = 0.81). Leaf traits can be considered as valuable morphological attributes of seedling quality, in addition to strong correlation with other morphological attributes.


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