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Burke, A. 1995. Geigeria alata in the Namib desert: seed heteromorphism in an extremely arid environment. Journal of Vegetation Science, 6(4): 473-478


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Geigeria alata in the Namib desert: seed heteromorphism in an extremely arid environment.

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Seed heteromorphism in annual Geigeria alata in the Namib Desert was investigated in relation to environmental conditions. Geigeria alata shows heteromorphism in seed dispersal distance depending on the position of the seeds on the parent plant. Seeds produced in capitula on branches (aerial) travel long distances, while seeds produced at the base of the plant remain in the vicinity of the parent plant. The ratio of aerial to basal seed production was investigated under different environmental conditions following an aridity gradient. Although there were significant differences in seed and capitula production between seasons and between different positions on the plant, no overall trend was found with increasing aridity. Keywords: aridity gradient, polymorphic behaviour, seed dispersal, seed production, tumble weed.

Year: 1995

Type: Journal Article

URL: http://www.jstor.org/pss/3236345


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