Nontrivial Variations of Morpho-Anatomical Leaf Traits in Natural South-Eastern Populations of Vaccinium species from Central Balkans

Journal title

Acta Biologica Cracoviensia s. Botanica




Vol. 63


No 2


Bjedov, Ivana : University of Belgrade – Faculty of Forestry, Kneza Višeslava 1, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia ; Obratov-Petković, Dragica : University of Belgrade – Faculty of Forestry, Kneza Višeslava 1, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia ; Rakonjac, Vera : University of Belgrade – Faculty of Agriculture, Nemanjina 6, 11080 Belgrade – Zemun, Serbia ; Skočajić, Dragana : University of Belgrade – Faculty of Forestry, Kneza Višeslava 1, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia ; Bojović, Srđan : Institute for Biological Research “Siniša Stanković“, Bulevar Despota Stefana142, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia ; Marković, Milena : Institute for Biological Research “Siniša Stanković“, Bulevar Despota Stefana142, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia ; Dajić-Stevanović, Zora : Institute for Biological Research “Siniša Stanković“, Bulevar Despota Stefana142, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia



analysis of variance ; climate factors ; cluster analysis ; elevational gradient ; intraspecific and interspecific variability ; principal component analysis ; Serbia

Divisions of PAS

Nauki Biologiczne i Rolnicze




Biological Commission of the Polish Academy of Sciences – Cracow Branch


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DOI: 10.24425/abcsb.2021.136700