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Considering herbivory, reproduction, and gender when monitoring plants: A case study of Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum [L.] Schott)

Author(s): S. Ruhren and S. N. Handel

Month: Jul
Year: 2000

Publication Type: Article
Journal: Natural Areas Journal
Journal Link: http://www.naturalarea.org/journal.asp
Volume: 20
Issue: 3
Pages: 261-266

Article Topic(s): Disturbance,Seed increase,Seed collecting
Research Setting(s): Forest

Species Referenced: Arisaema triphyllum (Jack in the pulpit),

Abstract

Evaluates the effects of herbivory in the reproduction of the dioecious plant Arisaema triphyllum. This species can switch between male and female sex expression. Often, older and larger individuals tend to become female. However, repeated disturbance to leaves and storage tissue may prevent reproduction. This study found that over 27% of A. triphyllum individuals were eaten by deer. The article concludes that monitoring populations based on stem or flower counts may be not accurately portray the reproductive potential of the plant.

Suggested Citation

S. Ruhren and S. N. Handel. "Considering herbivory, reproduction, and gender when monitoring plants: A case study of Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum [L.] Schott)." Natural Areas Journal 20.3 (2000): 261-266.

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ISSN: 0885-8608

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