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Facultative ripening in Hamelia patens (Rubiaceae): effects of fruit removal and rotting

Author(s): D. J. Levey

Month: Dec
Year: 1987

Publication Type: Article
Journal: Oecologia
Volume: 74
Issue: 2
Pages: 203-208

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

Species Referenced: Hamelia patens (Scarletbush),


Investigates the effects of fruit removal on fruit ripening of Hamelia patens in Costa Rica. Removing fruits resulted in higher ripening rates. This response allows Hamelia patens to produce more ripe fruit when dispersers are present but conserve resources when dispersers are absent.

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D. J. Levey. "Facultative ripening in Hamelia patens (Rubiaceae): effects of fruit removal and rotting." Oecologia 74.2 (1987): 203-208.

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