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marcescent

[mär′ses·ənt]
(botany)
Withering without falling off.
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The feeding trial I conducted clearly demonstrated that ungulates avoided branches of beech and hornbeam with marcescent leaves, but not branches of common oak (Fig.
Marcescent leaves of beech and hornbeam likely reduced overall digestibility (Table 1) of available forage for ungulate herbivores because of their high lignin and low protein content (Van Soest 1994).
When marcescent leaves constitute most of the diet, ungulates spend more time processing food, especially increased rumination time because of lower food quality (Robbins 1993).
As a consequence, they would not require large amounts of low-quality browse, which may explain why common oak with marcescent leaves was not avoided.