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Life in the slow lane: Palmetto seedlings exhibit remarkable survival but slow growth in Florida's nutrient-poor uplands
Author(s): W. G. Abrahamson, C. R. Abrahamson
Journal Link: http://www.castaneajournal.org/
Article Topic(s): Establishment methods, Morphology, Nutrients
Research Setting(s): Upland
Species Referenced: Serenoa repens (Saw palmetto),
AbstractCohorts of Serenoa repens plants were monitored for 19 years for growth and reproduction. Plants survived a severe drought and fire. Serenoa repens seedlings have high survival and persistence but grow exceptionally slowly. Results of the study suggest that this species takes several decades to transition from the seedling stage to a reproductive stage. Additionally, restoring Serenoa repens will likely require time and effort.
Suggested CitationW. G. Abrahamson, and C. R. Abrahamson. "Life in the slow lane: Palmetto seedlings exhibit remarkable survival but slow growth in Florida's nutrient-poor uplands." Castanea 74.2 (2009): 123-132.
Article LinksISSN: 0008-7475