Chemical Comparison of Two Ecotypes of Loblolly Pine (<i>Pinus Taeda</i> L.)
Keywords:Loblolly pine, Bastrop pine, drought resistance, chemical composition
AbstractLoblolly pine from the continuous range in east Texas was compared with an apparently drought-resistant ecotype, the so-called "Lost pines" or "Bastrop pines." The Bastrop pines are found in a small area of central Texas isolated from the rest of the loblolly range, and in a region receiving considerably less rainfall. Determinations made were: holocellulose, alpha cellulose, ash, specific gravity, and percentages of earlywood and latewood. Nutrient analyses for levels of sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, zinc, manganese, and copper were also performed. It was found that the earlywood of the east Texas population had significantly greater levels of holocellulose and alpha cellulose. Regression analyses were performed relating the nutrient values to the chemical components. The appearance of potassium and magnesium in these equations, for the Bastrop pines, may indicate physiological adaptation to the more xeric environment.
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