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Table 2 The root morphology parameters of the four Artemisia species

From: Artemisia dominant species succession relating to the soil moisture decrease in abandoned land of the Loess Plateau (China): comparative study of drought-adaptive characteristics

Species Root dry weight (g plant−1) Main root length (cm) Lateral root length (cm) Lateral root number Diameter of root stalk (cm) Root volume (cm3)
A. sacrorum 4.52 ± 0.17b 34.57 ± 3.30a 35.34 ± 2.00a 18.00 ± 2.00a 0.58 ± 0.06c 10.86 ± 1.12a
A. scoparia 2.71 ± 0.23c 11.00 ± 1.58c 10.63 ± 1.99b 12.60 ± 3.10b 1.14 ± 0.13a 5.63 ± 0.98b
A. giraldii 5.61 ± 0.10a 31.30 ± 2.65a 32.16 ± 2.89a 18.80 ± 2.6a 0.58 ± 0.04c 10.00 ± 1.23a
A. annua 1.13 ± 0.09d 25.50 ± 1.65b 9.11 ± 1.23b 13.00 ± 2.89b 0.86 ± 0.10b 3.08 ± 0.79c
  1. Values are presented as mean ± SD, N = 6. Different letters in the same column indicate significant difference at P < 0.01