Delayed seed dispersal in Pinus torreyana (Torrey pine)

  title={Delayed seed dispersal in Pinus torreyana (Torrey pine)},
  author={Gregory S. McMaster and Paul H. Zedler},
Torrey pine exhibits a pattern of seed release intermediate between an open and closed-cone species. It was found that the cones open at maturity, but that seed fall from some cones continues for up to 13 years. Approximately 77% of the total seed crop was present in age classes one or more years past the time of seed maturity. Serotiny is thought to evolve in response to fire, and partial serotiny at the population level has been attributed to circumstances in which the strong selective… CONTINUE READING
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