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Table 3 Main characteristics that confer fire resistance or fire tolerance to the four species studied on the Tehuacán-Cuicatlán Biosphere Reserve, state of Puebla, Mexico, in November 2014. Empty cells = “No.”

From: Plant responses to fire in a Mexican arid shrubland

TraitD. lucidumE. platyacanthusA. potatorumJ. deppeana
Thick cortex or barkYesYes Yes
Fleshy, non-flammable leaves  Yes 
Protected apical budsYesYesYes 
Flammable leaves that reduce fire intensityYes   
High volume to surface ratio YesYes 
Bank of buds on the stem and root crown   Yes