Comparative studies on phenotypic plasticity of two herbs, Changium smyrnioides and Anthriscus sylvestris

Jie Chang, Bao Hua Guan, Ying Ge, Yuk Sing Gilbert Chan

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The endangered medicinal herb, Changium smyrnioides can only be found in deciduous forest gaps within the middle to northern subtropical broad-leaved evergreen forest zone of China. The considerable plasticity of its shoot and root structure help it to capture light more effectively in winter and early spring, and adapt to the soil moisture conditions in its narrow habitat. Another medicinal plant, Anthriscus sylvestris, is of similar economic importance but commonly distributed widely. In contrast to C. smyrnioides, it has low structural plasticity. It is specialized to adapt to the moist and sunny environment, where habitat, such as the banks of creeks and rivers, is abundant.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)656-662
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Zhejiang University: Science
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2004


  • Anthriscus sylvestris
  • Changium smyrnioides
  • Endangered species
  • Plasticity
  • Subtropical zone
  • Winter species

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  • Engineering(all)

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