Data from: The hydraulic efficiency–safety trade-off differs between lianas and trees



Hydraulic traits are important for woody plant functioning and distribution. Associations among hydraulic traits, other leaf and stem traits, and species’ performance are relatively well understood for trees, but remain poorly studied for lianas. We evaluated the coordination among hydraulic efficiency (i.e. maximum hydraulic conductivity), hydraulic safety (i.e. cavitation resistance), a suite of 8 morphological and physiological traits, and species’ abundances for saplings of 24 liana species and 27 tree species in wet tropical forests in Panama.
Date made available23 Jan 2019
PublisherWageningen University & Research
Date of data production14 Nov 2018
Geographical coverageSan Lorenzo and Soberania national parks, Central Panama


  • drought tolerance
  • functional traits
  • hydraulic conductivity
  • hydraulic architecture
  • plant-water relations
  • lianas
  • Panama
  • P50
  • specia abundance
  • tropical forest

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