Canopy seed storage in woody plants

  title={Canopy seed storage in woody plants},
  author={Byron B. Lamont and D. C. Le Maitre and Richard M. Cowling and Neal J. Enright},
  journal={The Botanical Review},
The retention of seeds in the plant canopy for one to 30 years or more is termed serotiny. It is well represented floristically and physiognomically in fire-prone, nutrient-poor and seasonally-dry sclerophyll vegetation in Australia, and to a lesser extent, South Africa followed by North America. While the seed-storing structures vary greatly, all will release their propagules following exposure to the heat of a fire (pyriscence). This phenomenon can be contrasted with seed release at maturity… CONTINUE READING
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