Leaf mimicry in a climber

Check out this paper colleagues, as far as I know it is the first report of leaf mimicry:

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  1. This raises a very interesting question: how does the vine “know” which tree species it is climbing on. There are a couple of rather recent papers on plants being able able to differentiate between self and non-self roots. But the mimicry described in this paper, implies that the the vine must be able to acquire enough information about the supporting tree to identify the species (or the much less plausible alternative of acquiring detailed information on the characteristics of nearby non-self leaves) to change leaf development to be able to achieve mimicry.

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