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Data from: Data on foliar nutrient concentration of invasive plants in the recipient habitat and their native habitat

posted on 2024-02-13, 13:44 authored by Pushpa G. Soti, Matthew F. Purcell, Krish Jayachandran

Higher foliar nitrogen concentration in plants is often attributed to higher biomass assimilation and subsequently higher plant growth rate. To understand the underlying mechanism of extensive growth rate of the highly invasive plant, Old World climbing fern (Lygodium microphyllum), in its native habitat in Queensland, Australia and recipient habitat in Florida, United States, the leaf tissue samples from the native and invaded habitats are analyzed. In each habitat we selected 3 different locations with varying habitat characteristics (soil type, land use history and coexisting vegetation). Plant aboveground tissue collected from each site were analyzed for macro- and micro-nutrients. Total C and N were measured with a Truspec CN Analyzer. Total Ca, Fe, Mg, K, Mn, and P in plant tissue samples were measured using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP –MS). Here we present the difference in foliar nutrient concentration of invasive plant species in their native habitats and invaded habitats.

Resources in this dataset:

  • Resource Title: Data Dictionary - Leaf Nutrient Concentrations.

    File Name: Soti-Leaf-nutrients-Jul2019-data-dictionary.csv

    Resource Description: Defines variables and data types for the table of leaf nutrient concentrations (mg/g dry leaf tissue).

  • Resource Title: Appendix A. Supplementary data - Leaf nutrient concentration (mg/g of dry leaf tissue) (xlsx).

    File Name: 1-s2.0-S2352340919305554-mmc1.xlsx

    Resource Description: Table presents data for nutrient concentrations (Ca, Fe, Mg, K, Mn, & Zn, Phosphorus, Nitrogen %, C %, and C:N ratio) for each Native and Recipient site. Data file downloaded from the primary article at




Data contact name

Soti, Pushpa

Data contact email


Data in Brief

Intended use

To provide comparative data on foliar nutrients concentration of an invasive plants growing in their native habitats and in the invaded or recipient habitats. This dataset can potentially provide insight into the extensive aboveground growth and nutrient turnover rate of an invasive species in the recipient habitats, and add to understanding of the ecology of exotic invasive plants.


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Geographic Coverage


Geographic location - description

Queensland, Australia; Florida, United States

ISO Topic Category

  • biota
  • environment

National Agricultural Library Thesaurus terms

nitrogen content; biomass; plant growth; invasive species; plants (botany); habitats; Queensland; Florida; United States; leaves; soil types; land use; vegetation; calcium; iron; magnesium; potassium; manganese; plant tissues; atomic absorption spectrometry; nutrient content; data collection; ecology; phosphorus; carbon nitrogen ratio; Plant Science and Plant Products

Primary article PubAg Handle

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Public Access Level

  • Public

Preferred dataset citation

Soti, Pushpa G.; Purcell, Matthew F.; Jayachandran, Krish (2019). Data from: Data on foliar nutrient concentration of invasive plants in the recipient habitat and their native habitat. Data in Brief.

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