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The number and size of seeds in common versus restricted woodland herbaceous species in central Iowa, USA

Author(s): C. M. Mabry

Year: 2004

Volume: 107
Issue: 3
Pages: 497-504

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

Species Referenced: Viola sororia (Missouri violet),

Abstract

Compares the number and size of seeds of rare and common congeners of Iowa woodlands to determine seed versus dispersal limitation. The study includes a comparison of Viola sororia (common) and V. pubescens (infrequently occurring in Iowa). Common species produced more seeds than rare species while rare species produced bigger seeds than common species. This suggests that rare species are dispersal limited and that there is a trade-off between seed size and number in plants.

Suggested Citation

C. M. Mabry. "The number and size of seeds in common versus restricted woodland herbaceous species in central Iowa, USA." Oikos 107.3 (2004): 497-504.

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