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  1. Vol. 76 No. 5, p. 800-802
    Received: Nov 18, 1983

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Simple Beta Distribution Representation of Leaf Orientation in Vegetation Canopies1

  1. Narendra S. Goel and
  2. Donald E. Strebel2



It is shown that a two-parameter beta distribution represents very well the leaf angle distribution for a variety of vegetation canopies. Comparison to theoretical distributions as well as field data suggests that this distribution be considered as a candidate for a “universal” leaf angle distribution. The parameters of the distribution can then be used to identify and classify intermediate canopy types and possibly to quantify canopy changes caused by environmental stress.

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