Plant functional trait data and reflectance spectra for 22 palmiet wetland species

Rebelo, Alanna J. ; Somers, Ben ; Esler, Karen J. ; Meire, Patrick (2018)

CITATION: Rebelo, A. J., et al. 2018. Plant functional trait data and reflectance spectra for 22 palmiet wetland species. Data in Brief, 20:1209-1219, doi:10.1016/j.dib.2018.08.113.

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We provide reflectance spectra for 22 South African palmiet wetland species collected in spring 2015 from three wetlands throughout the Cape Floristic Region. In addition, we provide summarized plant functional trait data, as well as supporting and meta-data. Reflectance spectra were collected with a portable ASD Fieldspec Pro using standard methods. The 14 plant functional traits were measured on 10 replicates of each species, following standard protocols. We provide tables detailing these standard methods, as well a table with hypotheses on how these 14 continuous traits, as well as an additional 9 categorical traits, may affect ecosystem service provision. In addition, tables are attached which detail which functional and spectral groups these species belong to, according to the data. Finally, we include a photographic plate of the species data are provide for. We make these data available in an effort to assist in research on the understanding of how traits affect ecosystem service provision in wetlands, and particularly of whether remote sensing can be used to map these traits in wetlands.

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